|Molly Miller, a senior at The Highlands School.|
Irving, Texas (February 13, 2009) — The Highlands School
is proud to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of Molly
Miller, a senior, and Alex Venegas and Lucy Bray, both
National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Highlands senior Molly Miller is
being recognized as a finalist by the National Merit Scholarship
Program (NMSP) for her achievement on the PSAT test taken
during her junior year. More than one million students nationwide
took the PSAT in the fall of 2007, but only
15,000 (1.5%) of those students achieve the level of finalists.
Those 15,000 finalists are now competing for 8,200 merit scholarships.
The scholarship winners will be announced next month.
to the news, Molly said, “I am very excited about
the award, and I appreciate all of my teachers’ hard
work.” In her past seven years at The Highlands School,
she has been a National Latin Exam Gold Medalist for
three consecutive years, a Model UN Outstanding Delegate, and won
awards for leadership, Latin, drama, history, music, and mathematics. Additionally,
she has published an article on the National Catholic Exchange
In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of
the 50,000 high scorers, were notified that they qualified as
Semifinalists. To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must maintain an
outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended
by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that
confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying PSAT test.
Three types of National Merit Scholarship awards will be offered
in the spring of 2009. Every Finalist will compete for
one of 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships that will be
awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,100 corporate-sponsored scholarships
will be provided by some 300 corporations and business organizations
for Finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, approximately
200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,600
college sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend
the sponsor institution.
First Place Trophies in Dallas Diocesan Speech Tournament
Highlands students received first place trophies and a “Perfect Score”
at the Dallas Diocesan Speech Tournament held February 7th at
|Alex Venegas and Lucy Bray won first place trophies in their respective categories.|
Lucy Bray won first place for her original
oration and Alex Venegas won first place for his prose
selection. Both eighth graders are consistent Honor Roll students and
are actively involved in service at The Highlands.
Patricia Bieger, said the students “are very committed to coming
to practice and work very hard. They definitely deserved their
scores last week.”
Diocesan speech tournaments are open to all
of the middle schools in the diocese, sixth through eighth
grades, and are held on a rotating schedule four times
a school year. The Highlands School has several students competing,
and will be hosting the last round of this inter-Catholic
schools competition on April 4th.
About The Highlands School
1986, The Highlands School is a Catholic college-preparatory school
using the method of integral formation developed by the Legionaries
of Christ. Offering grades Pre-K through 12th, the mission of
The Highlands School is the development of the whole person,
consisting of a profound intellectual, human, and spiritual formation. Personalized
attention from faculty, staff, and religious provides each student with
the maximum opportunity for growth.