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NATIONAL MERIT NAMES 4 MONROE HIGH STUDENTS AS COMMENDED SCHOLARS
November 12, 2012
(MONROE, WA) -- Four Monroe High School students have been named “Commended Scholars” in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Kathryn Dunham, Devon Johnson, Danielle Latimore, and Tiffany Ohlsen placed in the top 3.5% of the nation in their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) results, according to a statement released by Monroe High officials.
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As Commended Scholars, they are among the top approximately 50,000 of the more than 1,500,000 students who take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) annually.
“This is pretty awesome,” says Dunham, who is just starting to apply to colleges. Dunham spent the summer in Costa Rica studying Spanish. “Whatever job I end up having, I want to travel,” she said in a statement.
Dunham is taking the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish class along with AP Calculus and AP Biology this year.
She also serves as Vice President of Future Farmers of America (FFA), and is in 4H, Science Club, and Key Club.
“I feel very honored,” says Devon Johnson. “I’m really happy about it.” Johnson got a head start on senior year by completing her Culminating Challenge, a graduation requirement on optometry in summer school.
Her own optometrist, Dr. Kevin Hirano, allowed Johnson to shadow the doctor for a day. Johnson plans to be an optometrist and hopes to attend Pacific University in Oregon. She is taking calculus and statistics, and keeps busy with tennis, band, and “a lot of clubs.”
Danielle Latimore is also taking a heavy workload including four AP classes this year. “It’s really fun,” she says. “I like all of my classes, and the homework is not as bad as junior year.” She also plays varsity volleyball, rides horses and is involved in 4H. Latimore plans to compete in track and field as well.
Danielle is applying to a variety of colleges and is leaning towards a major in science or math.
“This is a great honor,” says Tiffany Ohlsen. “It shows that the hard work I have put into studying has paid off.”
She is still studying and keeping busy by taking 3 AP classes this year and running cross country. She will also begin to play basketball on the MHS team in a few weeks and perhaps compete in track in the spring.
Tiffany is applying to 4-year universities with an eye toward a career in a medical field or bio-engineering.
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