Fifteen Fenwick Seniors Recognized Nationally for Their Academic Prowess

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COURTESY OF FENWICK HIGH SCHOOL

Fenwick High School is proud to announce that this year 15 seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program and the College Board after excelling on their qualifying tests.

"This is an incredible achievement for them and the entire Fenwick community," said Rich Borch, associate principal and director of student services at Fenwick High School. "Our academic program provides a rigorous course of study over a student's four years, providing the tools they need to succeed in college and life. Being recognized by these governing bodies is a testament to the commitment of our faculty and staff to the academic success of all our students."

National Merit Scholarship Program has named 13 Fenwick seniors as semifinalists. They were Jose Camara, Miranda Chapa and Zachary Tieke of Hinsdale; Laura Dillon and Margaret Donahue of LaGrange Park; Kevin Eicken of LaGrange; Emma Gihl and Daniel Shannon of Elmhurst; Michael J. Kelly of Western Springs; Matthew Kirchoff of Berwyn; Kate Milleker and Daniel Murphy of Riverside; and Conor O'Neill of Clarendon Hills. Approximately 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the program during their junior after taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. From this initial pool, 16,000, or less than 1 percent, of the nation's high school seniors qualified as semifinalists after receiving the highest scores for their state. These 13 National Merit semifinalists have placed Fenwick as the top Catholic high school in the state, and in the top 12 overall.

Following the National Merit announcement, the College Board posted their list of seniors who were recognized as Scholars through the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and three Fenwick seniors found themselves among the list of distinguished seniors. Alexis Buglio of Chicago, Miranda Chapa of Hinsdale and David Durkin of Riverside were recognized for their exceptional scores on the PSAT/MERIT exam last fall. This year the NHRP is recognizing about 5,300 students of Hispanic/Latino heritage selected from a group of over 250,000 students.

"We would like to congratulate all of these students on their exceptional achievement," Borsch commented.

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