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Two Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

College Counseling Team
Last fall, more than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools across the United States entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition. We are excited to announce that two Emma Willard School students, Katie V. ‘21 and Lucy C. ‘21, are among this year’s distinguished group of National Merit Semifinalists!

The National Merit program honors outstanding students and encourages academic pursuits through its recognition program. The Preliminary SAT, or PSAT, taken in the fall of 2019, served as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for the Class of 2021. Out of the 1.5 million students who entered this competition, only 16,000, or one percent, have made it to the semifinalist round. These academically talented students now have the opportunity to continue later this year in the competition’s finalist and winner rounds for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships.  

Please join us in congratulating Katie and Lucy on their accomplishments! We also thought you might enjoy knowing more about them.

Katie V. ‘21  
Highly intelligent and deeply determined, Katie holds a particular interest in physics and astronomy. She has enriched her science education by spending her summer vacations attending a space camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Testifying to her academic maturity, powerful sense of purpose, and innate love of learning is Katie’s impressive record of achievement in a very rigorous academic program. She is described by her junior year teachers as dedicated, focused, open to challenges, meticulous, enthusiastic, perceptive, determined, and a great team player.

Although Katie describes herself with pleasing humility as a “space nerd,” there is also an impressive artistic dimension to her personality. A serious dancer, she studies, performs, and choreographs both at Emma Willard and at a studio outside school. Katie has sung with our full choir and our select Inner Choir, and performed in school plays, appearing as Mrs. White in last year’s wonderful production of Clue. This fall, Katie held a leading role as Bill in our online production of All in the Timing. Not surprisingly, her academic success reflects the dedication, determination, and confidence of a serious performer. Also passionate about animals, Katie is a member of Students Organized for Animal Respect and volunteers at the local humane society.

Lucy C. ‘21
Lucy is a writer, musician, scientist, fencer, artist, and actor. She is a modern-day Renaissance woman. Lucy’s academic excellence never shone brighter than when our world shut down in March and we were forced into an online learning model with just two weeks of preparation. Her grades, commitment, and engagement did not falter.

Outside of the classroom, Lucy fences, plays soccer, acts in school plays, sings in the choir, and plays in the orchestra. She also loves to write and spends time each day crafting stories. In fact, she has already written two 200-page novels. Lucy was Emma Willard School’s National Council of Teachers of English Award nominee for her dedication to the craft of writing and for her voice. She submitted pieces for review and ended up earning a Certificate of Superior Writing. 

Lucy is not only a strong student with deep passions and interests, she is also a kind, caring and empathetic person. Lucy is modest about her many strengths and always looks for ways to support her classmates and give them the spotlight. 

Emma Willard salutes these two scholars and is grateful for their contributions to our community of learners. Congratulations!
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    • Emma Willard students named National Merit Semifinalists

    • Katie V. '21

    • Lucy C. '21

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