Commended student enjoys volunteering

One of four Frenship High School students commended by the National Merit Scholarship program says one of his biggest interests is in volunteering.

Austin Carder, a senior at FHS, said he had to do a lot of volunteer work with National Honor Society, but he also helps out with the Salvation Army by serving meals and cleaning.

“I think that it’s a really humbling experience, and I think it’s one of the most important experiences a person could have,” he said. Carder said the enjoyment he gets from volunteering lasts longer and is more profound than from other activities.

But Carder is involved in other activities. He is on the varsity tennis team and is editor-in-chief of the FHS yearbook.

He also runs his own photography business, which he set up a few years ago through the gifted and talented program. He has had two showings of his work in Lubbock, and has had two photos published in magazines.

His favorite classes are English, history and government, and his favorite teachers at FHS have been Connie Pfanmiller and Susan Robertson.

Being commended by the National Merit Scholarship program was a surprise, he said.

“I was not expecting it,” he said. “I didn’t really prepare for the test.”

Carder has applied to Yale University, where he hopes to major in psychology or English. He is also applying to Rice, Southwestern University and University of Chicago.

“I love school and learning. I’d love to go to grad school and become a clinical psychologist,” he said.

Carder is the son of Mark and Tanya Carder.

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