Hallettsville student named national scholar

HALLETTSVILLE - For Grace Renner, it's not about beating out the competition; it's about producing results.

"I don't enjoy being competitive," Grace, 13, said. "I just enjoy seeing my good grades."

The Sacred Heart Catholic School eighth-grader was recently named the national champion of the Scholastic Challenge 2014, hosted by the American Scholastic Achievement League.

"I had no idea how important the test was," Grace said. "But I got a trophy, so that's pretty cool."

Grace scored a 96 out of 100 and beat out about 20,000 other test-takers across the nation.

"I've gotten straight As since the start of eighth grade," Grace said.

Grace and her family moved to Hallettsville from Round Rock in 2011 to live closer to her mother's relatives in town.

"It's been pretty interesting," Grace said. "We know everyone."

For fun, Grace said she likes to watch movies streaming on Netflix, take photos and shoot rifles through 4-H in Hallettsville.

This summer, Grace said she expects to amass several service hours through volunteer work in the community.

After graduating high school, Grace said she hopes to study engineering.

Her father works as a chemical engineer, and her mother is a lawyer, Grace said.