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Emma Students Earn National Merit Awards

Kent Jones and Melissia Mason
We are excited to announce that two Emma Willard School students have received scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Eura C. '20 was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and Lane A. '20 received the Charles H. Kaman Scholarship. Read on to learn more about these exceptional accomplishments.

The 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarships began back in October 2018 when over 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 

Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists continued in the competition. From this group, some 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. 

In this year’s competition, only 7,600 students out of the original 1.5 million candidates earned the distinction of “Merit Scholar” and received a scholarship award. We are deeply proud to announce that Eura C. '20 has been named a winner of a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship! 

Whether in the classroom or concert hall, on the tennis court or the debate floor, Eura is characterized by a blend of intelligence, passion, drive, and determination. In holding herself relentlessly to the rigorous standard of a concert performer, Eura has learned to embrace every challenge and accept nothing less than her very best. 

Eura is the head of the school’s orchestra, principal flautist with the Empire State Youth Orchestra, and a member of New York’s All-State Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming to Emma Willard in the 11th grade, Eura was a member of the California State Honor Band and principal flute player with the San Jose Youth Orchestra. Remarkably, Eura only started playing the flute in sixth grade! 

Already an accomplished tennis player before coming to Emma Willard, Eura stepped immediately into the number one singles position on the varsity team and now serves as captain. Also coming to us with impressive debate experience, Eura quickly re-established our speech and debate program and, as its head, took it to a national competition. 

We are also very pleased to announce that Lane A. '20 is the recipient of the Charles H. Kaman Scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This special scholarship underwritten by the Kaman Corporation is awarded to selected students who qualify as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

An avid learner, high achiever, and renaissance scholar, Lane is committed to causes and creating positive change. The citation accompanying Lane’s receipt of the Wellesley College book award last spring read, in part, “Always genial in their approach to learning and life, this student is ahead of their time and, thankfully, has the generosity of spirit to give the rest of us time to catch up.”
 
In addition to studying ballet and performing both at Emma Willard and with the Albany-Berkshire Ballet, Lane is a three-year veteran of Emma Willard’s theatre program, head of the feminism club, leader of Pride Alliance, a passionate promoter of dialog surrounding LGBTQ+ issues on campus, and a member of Cluett House (Emma Willard’s unique experiential education program).   
 
Having received their home town’s Human Rights Commission Hero Award in eighth grade, we were well-aware of Lane’s potential for creating positive change even before enrolling. Now an ardent and effective advocate for social justice, that potential has been realized in impressive ways. Mover, shaker, activist, and educator, Lane has had a provocative and powerfully positive impact on Emma Willard’s classrooms and community.

Please join us in congratulating Eura and Lane on this important recognition of their distinguished achievement and extraordinary academic promise!
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