ATLANTA, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta bestows the city's top honor on James W. Lewis, founder of The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). The Phoenix Award is presented in appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the City of Atlanta and its citizens.
James W. Lewis has helped over 1 million students achieve academic success as founder of Golden Key International Honour Society and currently NSHSS.
Lewis began his journey as an undergraduate to impact students' lives by defending equal education and equal rights in the cradle of the civil rights movement. He was awarded GSAE's Allen R. Johnson Leadership Award for his ability to influence others by modeling positive behavior, gaining cooperation from others and fostering creativity in innovative thinking.
James is also known as a pioneer in the fight against AIDS. His work with the National AIDS Fund garnered him the honor to be one of the first readers of names for the Quilt on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
James was the youngest recipient of the American Eagle Award from the Invest-In-America National Council presented in the U.S. Senate. This award was bestowed upon recipients who exemplified outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to the American free enterprise system. Other recipients include President Ronald Reagan, Malcolm Forbes and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Warren Berger.
The Mayor's office stated it was truly an honor to award this Phoenix award to Lewis. "Atlanta is truly blessed to say James W. Lewis is one of her own. He gives so much to students and works hard along side of them to set an example for others to give selflessly," states Mayor Reed.
As a devoted family man, James wanted to share this award with his staff, family and celebrate it with his student members at their annual Carter Center event in December.
About The National Society of High School Scholars
NSHSS was established to highlight the accomplishments of high school students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment, as well as to foster their continued success. NSHSS has inducted over 700,000 members from 160 countries. NSHSS provides a wide array of member benefits that prepare students for both college and careers. For more information visit www.nshss.org.
SOURCE National Society of High School Scholars