STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington High’s Ryan Kanihan & Audrey LaConte Named Commended Students In 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program

Below is a press release from Wilmington High School:

WILMINGTON, MA — Ryan Gendron, Principal of Wilmington High School, announced today that Ryan Kanihan and Audrey LaConte have been named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“Those 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 that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Ryan Kanihan is a dedicated student whose efforts have led to a 4.1 GPA and a ranking within the top 10% of the Class of 2023. Each year he has sought out new challenges, adding honors and AP classes to his course schedule. Wanting to focus more in the area of his intended college major, cybersecurity, Ryan is spending his senior year taking all of his classes at Middlesex Community College via their Dual Enrollment Program. He readily enjoys problem solving which led to him to become an active member of and leader within the WHS Computer Science, Math and Chess clubs; Ryan has also participated in Academic Decathlon each year. Outside of school, Ryan spends time creating his own computer programs, volunteering at his church, playing the piano, and working at a local music school. He can also be found engaged in various outdoor activities including hiking and mountaineering.

Audrey LaConte is an outstanding member of the Class of 2023. They have maintained a perfect 4.3 GPA throughout their high school career while making a positive impact on WHS through their active involvement in many facets of the Wilmington High School community. Audrey is the CAD design lead for the Robotics Club, Co-President of the Art Club, and serves as a voice for the students on multiple school improvement committees. Outside of WHS, Audrey contributes to the local community through their creative talents as an artist and a tap dancer. As a member of the competitive team at Wilmington Dance Academy, Audrey has a passion for tap and shares their skills with other dancers by choreographing their tap solos for competition. They are also an accomplished artist who has been commissioned for independent projects that they complete in their “free” time. Audrey is excited to pursue their education next year at a competitive university studying Physics.

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