Senior Vanessa Garlepp was recently notified officially that she has been selected as a National Merit Finalist from the approximately 1.6 million original entrants.
She now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.
“I’m honored to be a National Merit Finalist, which means being a part of a select community of high school students nationwide. Hard work sometimes goes unnoticed, so it is nice to get recognized for my dedication to academics and the college preparation process. This accomplishment is especially meaningful given the many other activities I've juggled during this semester, including a busy soccer season, competing for varsity drama, performing in music concerts, and filling out college and scholarship applications,” Vanessa said.
Vanessa rounds out her senior year being the lead in the fall play, running Praise Band, and working as a National Honor Society tutor.
“Vanessa is a natural leader for our school as a whole and in her classes. I’ve known Vanessa as my advisee and as a student for nearly three years and am impressed by her enthusiasm, discipline, maturity, compassion, and ability to always do her best at everything she does,” said Dr. Dennis Sheeter