Spring-Ford High announces National Merit Scholarship students

ROYERSFORD – The Spring-Ford Area School District is proud to announce that two of its Spring-Ford Area Senior High School students have been named Semi-Finalists, and another five were specially honored in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The 2013 Semi-Finalist students are Christina M. Ferrari and Eric D. Lacava. The three Commended students are Sarah R. Hancock, Charlotte H. Myer, and Meghan E. O’Donnell.

“The Spring-Ford Area School District congratulates these students and their families for this wonderful honor,” said Superintendent Dr. David Goodin. “These students exemplify the dedication, foresight and passion we hope to instill in all who pass through our doors.”

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About 16,000 students are named Semi-Finalists, the highest scoring entrants of their respective state. As Semi-Finalists, Ferrari and Lacava will be considered for advancing to the Finalists round in the competition, and winning a National Merit Scholarship. Finalists are notified in February.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although the Commended Students will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, these students are in the top five percent of over 1.5 million students who entered in this year’s competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The National Merit Scholarship Corporation conducts the program every year.

Also honored by the National Merit program this year were seniors Natalie Criscenzo and Kirsten Whitt. Criscenzo was named a “Scholar” in the 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program. Whitt was named an “Outstanding Participant” in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program.

“It’s always wonderful to see outstanding Spring-Ford students recognized beyond the district,” said Dr. Goodin. “Seeing their performances and academic excellence in such a competitive scholarship program recognized on a national level is both inspiring and humbling.”

The above was submitted to the Phoenix Reporter & Item by Sara Mosqueda-Fernandez of The Communication Solutions Group.