A Staples High School junior was recently named a Governor's Scholar.

Steven Sobel is one of 30 high school juniors in the state to receive the honor, according to a news release.

He is an athlete on the soccer and indoor and outdoor track teams.

He also plays cello and is a member of two Staples community service groups: the Service League of Boys (SLOBS) and the Wreckers in Tune music organization.

Governor's Scholars are nominated by their high schools, and a panel of educators from across the state evaluates each application.

Nominees must rank in the top 5 percent of the junior class and submit an essay on an assigned topic.

This year, they were asked to choose three challenges facing the United States. Sobel wrote about educational disparity and inequality, preservation of natural resources and the electrical grid, the release states.

The scholars will have the opportunity to attend a luncheon with Gov. Dannel Malloy and other state leaders scheduled for Thursday, May 16.