Lucas Christian Academy Students Earn National Merit Recognitions
By Leslie Patterson
Lucas Christian Academy seniors Matthew Dula and Timothy Hall were named National Merit Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
Two more LCA seniors, Rebecca Atkins and Andrew Cottingham, received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
Senior Mikaela Wagers was extended the invitation to apply for the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Participation in the NHRP will enable students to highlight their outstanding educational achievements to top college and universities.