STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: WHS Students Receive Awards From National Merit Scholarship Program

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School is proud to announce that senior Prathik Ramesh has been named as a semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Over 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The 16,000 semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1 percent of each state’s seniors.

Prathik is an outstanding scholar whose dedication to his studies and impressive intellect have helped him earn several academic accolades during his high school career, including awards for Academic Excellence in History and Math and recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction for earning a perfect score on every AP exam he has taken. Outside the classroom, Prathik is an active member of the Boys Scouts, currently serving as a Den Chief for his pack. For his Eagle Scout project, Prathik adopted the important platform of increasing voter registration and improving voter awareness in Wilmington. He is also a member of the Strings Orchestra and Vice President of the Philosophy Club. Prathik plans to pursue a career in a technology related field and has previously volunteered with Wilmington Public Schools’ IT department to increase his knowledge in his chosen field.

Wilmington High School is also proud to announce that seniors Sophia Giampolo and Emma Rhind have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Sophia Giampolo

Sophia is a high achieving honors student who is spending her senior year taking on a new challenge, Dual Enrollment at Middlesex Community College where she began her studies this past summer. During her time at WHS she has been an active member of DECA, the Environmental Club, Mentor Program and the WHS Visionary Board. Sophia has taken on leadership roles as well, serving as President of Environmental Club and is on the marketing and fundraising boards of DECA. As a passionate artist she has also been a part of the Art Club and took part in the Art All State Program this past June. She also manages to find time to work part-time and volunteer in her community. Sophia is currently considering continuing her education in the area of public policy, perhaps focusing on environmental issues, and minoring in the arts.

Emma Rhind

For the last four years, Emma has been a valued member of the Wilmington High School community, both in and out of the classroom. She is a model student who serves as the President for National Honor Society, is a member of the marketing committee for DECA and has competed at the state and international levels as a participant in this group, and also serves as a mentor for incoming freshmen students. She was elected to serve on the School Wellness Advisory Committee by the leaders and her peers in the Medical Careers Club and is also a member of the WHS field hockey team. Emma’s positive attitude and dedication to helping others has left a mark on the larger community as well; she is a regular participant in the Relay for Life and Thirty Hour Famine and has completed mission trips in New York and Colorado with the Youthworks organization. Emma’s future plans including attending a four year college and becoming a lawyer.

A letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to each of these students by Ms. Peters, Dr. Brand, and their guidance counselors, Mrs. Caggiano and Ms. O’Mara.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational; excellence in our nation. We hope this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

National Merit Students

(NOTE: The above press release is from Wilmington High School.)

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