Daniel Villaflor, son of Greg and Annette Villaflor, has been selected as the Corinth Rotary Student of the Month for September from Corinth High School. He is the grandson of Okey and Jeanie Thornton of Corinth, and Rady and Connie Villaflor of Houston, Texas.
Daniel is currently ranked first in the class of 2017, with a 4.00+ GPA and a 35 ACT composite score, with a perfect superscore of 36. He has a 36 subscore in English, Reading, and Science.
He will receive the Advanced International Certificate of Education with distinction through Cambridge upon graduation, having completed all requirements for the advanced diploma his junior year. Daniel has received awards in AICE Pure Math, AICE Language, and AICE Chemistry, among others. He has also been awarded a medallion representing College and Career readiness in all subjects from Cambridge.
His sophomore year of high school Daniel scored the highest score in the nation on the AICE US History exam, and last year became the only student during his time at Corinth High School to pass the AICE Chemistry exam. Among other honors, Daniel has qualified as a National Merit Semifinalist with a score of 220 on the PSAT his sophomore year, and is currently competing for finalist standing.
Daniel has been a member of the Corinth tennis team for six years, playing varsity and lettering for three of those years, as well as competing in the Candy Classic fundraising tournament for the Saint Jude Research Hospital. He also received the tennis Warrior award following the 2016 season for dedication and hard work.
Daniel was a proud part of the Corinth Warrior Band for two years, where he played alto saxophone and earned his spot as first chair player his freshman year and second chair player and section leader his sophomore year. During his time in the band, Daniel was also selected to the Mississippi State University Honor Band in 2013, placing as the third chair alto saxophone in the Wind Symphony, the highest band out of three.
Daniel has also represented Corinth High School as a delegate to Mississippi Boys’ State in 2016, where he was a proud part of the third place city of Hood. Daniel also holds positions as a Student Council representative for his class and as secretary-treasurer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the high school. He has also been an active member of Interact Club, C Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Historical Society, as well as being an inaugural member of the 30 Plus Club.
Within the community, Daniel has sought to better himself and give back to the city of Corinth, amassing over 110 hours of community service. He was an active member of Mayor’s Youth Council for two years, has participated in the Coliseum’s Haunted Theater fundraiser, has volunteered at the Lighthouse with the Lighthouse Toy Store and Thanksgiving meals, and is an active member of First Baptist Church, where he is continuously involved in the youth group. At First Baptist, Daniel participates in Youth Creative Arts, performs in the FBC Singing Christmas Tree each year, helps to set up and take down the Singing Christmas Tree, participates in Feed the Need at Transformation Ranch in Tupelo, and regularly helps the FBC Children’s Ministry with Vacation Bible School, Fall Festival, and the Easter Egg Hunt, among other things.
Daniel hopes to attend either Mississippi State University or Baylor University to major in mechanical engineering and pursue a career in the field.