Four at Big Walnut HS National Merit Commended Students
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named Big Walnut High School seniors Lindsey Adams, Thomas Pendley, Lucas Miller and Nicole Walters as Commended Students in the 2012–13 school year National Merit Scholarship Program.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although Adams, Pendley, Miller and Walters placed among the top 2.25 percent of students who entered the 2012–13 competition, they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships.
“One of the things about these four students is that being recognized as a Commended Scholar is a genuine honor,” said Big Walnut High School principal Steve Fujii. “Their kind of performance doesn’t happen by accident. Each of them works diligently towards high academic achievement. They are goal-oriented, quality individuals with a desire to be academically better.”
Fujii noted that out of 4.2 million public high school seniors in the United States, Big Walnut’s four Commended Scholars came out in the top .008 percent of all public school seniors in the U.S.
“That’s the kind of company these students are keeping,” Fujii said. “They represent the best of what Big Walnut has to offer. They are successful students who exemplify everything outstanding about public education.”
Lindsey Adams is President of Student Council, President of the Senior Class, President of the Leo Club and President of German Club. She is a member of the German Honor Society (Delta Epsilon Phi), the Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta) and the Social Studies Honor Society. In the past she has been involved in volleyball, basketball and cross country.
Adams said she wants to study economics and pursue a career in the political arena.
Nicole Walters is a member of the Big Walnut High School Band, plays on the softball team and participates in the Drama Department Stage Crew.
Walters said she is undecided about her future academic pursuits.
Thomas Pendley is a member of the high school’s Computer Science Club and Linguistics Club, and wants to study an engineering discipline.
Lucas Miller is president and founder of the high school Computer Science Club, president of the Linguistics Club and vice-president of the Leo Club.
Miller said he is leaning towards studying chemical engineering.