The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Blaine Whittington from Brady has been named a United States National Award Winner in science. This award is a prestigious honor very few students can ever hope to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students. Blaine, who attends Brady Middle School, was nominated for this national award by Julie Harris, a science teacher at the school. He will appear in the USAA official yearbook, which is published nationally. “Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America’s history,” said Dr. George Stevens, Executive Director of the United States Achievement Academy. “Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement.” The Academy selects USAA winners upon the exclusive recommendation by teachers, coaches, counselors and other qualified sponsors and upon the Standards of Selection set forth by the Academy. The criteria for selection are a student’s academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, citizenship, attitude and cooperative spirit, dependability and recommendation from a teacher or director. Blaine is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Underwood of Brady and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Underwood of San Saba, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Russell of Brady and David Hall of Carlsbad, N. Mex.