Saturday, June 1, 2013

Nope. Nothing New Here

Another year...another drought of National Merit Scholarship winners.
Yeah...we get it...but for all the back patting that goes on, it sure seems like we do better in sports than we do in academics.  Not saying that sport championships aren't a good thing.  But couldn't we---SHOULDN'T we---be recognized for both?

Wouldn't it be nice to have Tim Culver publicly declare that our GOAL is to develop our students academically such that each year we have at least 2-3 scholarship winners?  And then make it so.

On April 24, 2013

April 24--A Lodi High School senior has been named one of 18 corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholars in Wisconsin.

On May 8, 2013
Fifty-one students graduating from Wisconsin high schools were among the 2,500 National Merit Scholarship winners announced Wednesday.
Out of the 51 Wisconsin winners, 18 are from counties in the State Journal’s circulation area and 14 are from schools in Dane County.

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At least Middleton wasn't named, but Madison had 12.

On May 31, 2013
Seventy graduating high school seniors in Wisconsin have been selected as National Merit Scholarship winners in the college-sponsored scholarship category.
Of the 70, 19 are from south-central Wisconsin, including 17 from Dane County.
The winners were announced Wednesday. This is the third of four rounds of National Merit Scholarship winners to be announced.
More college-sponsored award winners will be made public on July 15.
The college-sponsored awards give between $500 and $2,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study at the college financing the scholarship.

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Middleton had 4 in this round; Madison another 10

Maybe in July we'll get one?

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed
scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about
extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an
outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn
sat scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some
15,000 met Finalist requirements.