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It’s all in a crowded day’s work for all-star, times four

Even an active high school senior gets that run-down feeling every once in a while. Just ask Michael James Good, named “four times an all-star” Monday at the annual Halifax County High School All-Star reception.

Good has compiled a long list of accomplishments in his four years of high school, including perfect SOL scores in geometry, biology, Algebra II, world geography, English 11 (reading/literature research) and chemistry.

He was the highest-achieving freshman in the Latin Club and as a sophomore was a National Latin Exam Silver Medal winner (Maxima Cum Laude) in Latin 11.

Good repeated that accomplishment in 2012 and also was Corona Olivae in the Medusa Mythology Exam.

Good, who plans on attending the University of Virginia, was named “Ace of Aces” his senior year.

Just all in a crowded day’s work, he indicated Monday night.

“It just takes being involved in as much stuff as you can be involved in and working your hardest at everything you put you mind to,” he said.

Good admitted he sometimes doesn’t find time to do everything he wants to do.

“I enjoy doing every bit of what I do, and it’s not really a chore for me to do it. It’s just an honor to be recognized for it.”

Despite his list of academic accomplishments, an athletic accomplishment stands out above everything else in his four years of achieving all-star status, noted Good, a member of the Comets boy’s tennis team.

“Probably this past year’s tennis season, we had one of the best teams we’ve ever had, played better than we ever have and succeeded more than we ever have,” noted Good. “That probably stands out the most for me.”

A total of 14 students were recognized for being “three times an all-star” at Monday’s reception, including Jennifer Ann Bryant, Ethan Scott Collie, Nicholas Blake Conner, Shae Joseph Gotte, Duncan James Simon, Haven Anne Simon, Samantha Dawn Tysinger, Nicholas James Zanarini, Shereen Fatima Massimi, Taylor Jordan Newsome, Ethan Hunter Rosche, Tristan Luke Howerton, Vatsal Pankuj Lal and Elizabeth Holland Long.

A total of 156 students were named “all-stars” at the reception, with SCA President Meg Bane presiding and with Halifax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Merle P. Herndon serving as speaker of the evening.

For a complete listing of award winners, see the print edition.