FCDS Announces Students with National Merit and AP Scholar Distinctions


National Merit

The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors “students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.” 
 
Three FCDS seniors, Andrew Claybrook, Victoria Huggins and Alexander Zades have been named Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which screened the program entrants based on their test scores. The number of semifinalists represents less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States. To become a finalist, students complete an extensive scholarship application that discusses their academic record, extracurricular activities, leadership skills and other honors they have received. NMSQT finalists will be named in the spring of 2018. 

Five seniors Christopher Atala, William Boyles, Gwyneth Howerton, Alexandra Huggins, and Jiaming (Kevin) Wang were named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program. They placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students in the competition. 

AP Scholar Awards

FCDS students from the Classes of 2017 and 2018 have also been recognized by College Board for their college-level achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations taken last spring. 

Benjamin Burnett ’17, Banks Pickett ’17, and Charlotte Thomas ’17 received the honor of National AP Scholar, granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. 

Samy Bencherif ’17, Sutton Blanchard ’17, Audrey Buck ’17, Benjamin Burnett ’17, Margaret Burnett ’17, Shiyu Chen ’18,  Lauren Do ’17, Blythe Drucker ’17, Nicholas Emken ’17, Jared Faulk ’17, Lena Johnson ’17, Jacob Jung ’17, Macy Justice ’17, Rahul Krishnaswamy ’17, Jiajie Li ’17, Shuyao Li ’18, Turner Malmo ’17, Caroline McNeer ’17, Victoria Parker ’17, Rohan Patel ’18, Banks Pickett ’17, Colin Requarth ’17, Julianne Strauch ’17, Charlotte Thomas ’17, and Logan Welborn ’18 received the honor of AP Scholar with Distinction, granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. 

Jack Brinkley ’17, Julia Cullinan ’17, Nicole Ellis ’17, Emily Evans ’17, Benjamin Merrick ’17, Charles Terry ’17, James Wall ’18, Lily White ’18, and Jonathan Winbush ’17 received the distinction AP Scholar with Honor. AP Scholar with Honor is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. 

Harrison Angell ’17, Lawson Brown ’17, Xun Cao ’18, Catherine Cavenaugh ’17, Nicolas Chen ’18, Andrew Claybrook ’18, Meredith Dockery ’17, Jordan Dyer ’18, Paarvv Goel ’17, Jackson Halus ’18, Alexandra Huggins ’18, Victoria Huggins ’18, Scott Joy ’17, Roby Kilby ’17, Yanghui Liu ’17, Aran Parnia ’18, Christopher Perry ’17, Lilly Sessions ’17, William Swaim ’17, Adrianna Torrieri ’17, Ranae Tuttle ’17, Jiaming Wang ’18 and Alexander Zades ’18 were named AP Scholars. The award of AP Scholar is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 5) on three or more AP Exams. 
 
Congratulations to our students for these academic honors. 
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