Principle Justin Alley recognized Ethan Huffaker with a letter for being named a Commended Student
Wayne County High School Senior Ethan Huffaker has been named a Commended Student in the
2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from Wayne County High School
and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by
Wayne County High School Principal Justin Alley to this scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their
exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National
Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5
million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic
success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national
resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic
development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this
recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue
their pursuit of academic success.”
Besides being a very strong academic achiever, Huffaker is best known at Wayne County High
School for his musical talent. He plays the soprano saxophone and the alto saxophone in the band
program. He is a section leader for the saxophones and one of the section leaders for the woodwinds.
He has been a member of the band since sixth grade. He is part of the marching and concert band, while
recently starting a saxophone quartet.
“I think band builds a community atmosphere where you learn with other people. I get to help
other people by being a section leader,” he explained. ”It’s really nice to have friends in a community.”
His best subject is Math. He thinks he will probably attend the University of Kentucky and major in
Math or Economics. He said UK has the best engineering program in the state so that means it has a
good math field. He would like to minor in Biology so he could eventually become an epidemiologist,
with the help of a Masters Degree.
“Epidemiologist mesh Math and Biology skills. It is a cool field,” said Huffaker, who has learned
more about it during the pandemic. “I love Math.”
Huffaker currently has a 4.3 weighted grade point average after passing all of his advanced
placement (AP) courses. His list of AP courses includes: English Literature, World History, Biology, and
Calculus AB. He has also enjoyed participating on the Academic Team, Mock Trial Team and KUNA.
He took the test for this scholarship program last fall during his junior year, after Counselor
Elizabeth Miller recommended him for it. Huffaker said he studied the night before the test and did
pretty good on it.
“I’ve gotten a good education here at Wayne County Schools,” said Ethan.
Huffaker is the son of Lorna and Mike Huffaker. His sibling, Malachi Huffaker, is a junior in college.
He attends Central Grove Baptist Church in Albany.