WATERLOO — DeKalb High School seniors Jonathan Moss and Clayton Travis have a lot in common. Both excel in science and math classes. They also are members of the school’s track team — Moss as a pole vaulter and Travis as a runner.
Now the two share another connection — both have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship program. While they fell just short of the scores required to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, they have been recognized for their outstanding academic promise.
Moss, 17 is the son of Jon and Megan Moss of Auburn.
“I really enjoy doing challenging classes,” Moss said. He has taken and passed Advanced Placement classes in chemistry, U.S. history, world history and literature and composition. By the end of the school year he expects to have completed Advanced Placement classes in physics 1 and 2, language and composition, government, microeconomics and calculus. He is considering a future in engineering, possibly chemical engineering, he said.
Outside the classroom, Moss participates on the school swim team, which keeps him in condition for pole vaulting, he said. He has aspirations of breaking the school’s pole-vaulting record and hopes to compete in the event in college, he said.
Moss also enjoys reading and traveling. He has traveled extensively in the United States and also has visited five countries outside of U.S. borders.
As far as his academic success, Moss said, “You have to put the effort in and you get out what you put in.”
Travis, 18, also is well-armed with Advanced Placement classes and will have completed nine classes and 11 tests by the time he graduates from high school. He already has completed Advanced Placement classes in U.S. history, world history, English literature, chemistry and calculus and this year is taking calculus 2, physics 1 and 2, English language, government and biology.
“I ask a lot of questions in class,” Travis said. “I go in (to class) extra times if I don’t understand anything.”
After high school, Travis plans to major in chemistry, he said.
Travis is successful not only academically but also athletically. He is a varsity letter winner in track and cross country. He also is a member of the speech team and serves as a volunteer at Eckhart Public Library, where he maintains an aquarium in the children’s department. He is the son of Valerie Berger of Auburn and Mitchell Travis of Angola.