Joy Ashlyn Byrd of Pine Bluff recently accepted an invitation of lifetime membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), according to a news release.

Byrd was the 2018 valedictorian at Ridgway Christian School and is an advanced sophomore at Arkansas State University.

She is majoring in science and mathematics biological sciences-pre professional.

“Her goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon,” according to the release. “She wants to use her medical knowledge and passion for people to be a medical missionary.”

The NSCS is the nation’s preeminent certified honor society for high-achieving first- and second –year collegiate students, according to the release.

“NSCS is an honors organization that recognizes, elevates, and connects high-achievers during and beyond their college careers. NSCS provides and graduate school connections, leadership and service experiences, practical and skills-based content, access to discounts and savings, and over $1 million dollars in scholarships, chapter funds, and awards annually,” according to the release.

Byrd is spending her summer in Orlando, Fla., as part of the “Orlando Project,” a campus ministry program.

She is the daughter of Pine Bluff residents Raymond and Bethel Byrd, according to the release.