Honors - St. Cloud Times

National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced this years National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from more than 15,000 Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skillsand potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the states percentage of the nations graduating high school seniors.

Among this years winners are Amelia E. Broman, St. Cloud St. Johns Preparatory School, Collegeville; and Audrey Nguyen, St. Cloud St. Cloud Technical High School.

Ashley Tapio, a Junior at Sauk Rapids Rice High School, Sauk Rapids, is a Delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders held June 29-July 1 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Tapio was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent Sauk Rapids Rice High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

The American Legion, Waite Park, recently voted to send Jose Pina de Leon to the 69th Annual American Legion Legion Boys State, held June 11-17 on the campus of St. Johns University. Dennis Schiffler was named Post Boys State Chairman.

Scholars to Boys State must be high school juniors. They are singly honored in view of the qualifications set forth as requirements in selecting them and are named through cooperation of the Post, high school faculty and leading citizens in the community.

Granite City Baptist Academy recently was represented by seven students, grades 8-12, at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Indiana, Pennsylvania. There were 2,250 participants from 37 states, with 39 foreign countries represented. This years theme was Making A Difference.

Convention headquarters records rankings from first to 15th place, which are as follows.

Athletics:Moresse Chatman placed first out of 31 in the 400M Dash. Moresse Chatman, Joshua Green, Taylor Hugg, and Tyler Hugg placed second out of 10 in the 1600M Relay and fourth out of 23 in the 400M Relay. Taylor Hugg placed fourth out of 36 in the 1600M Run, and Ellie Burich placed sixth out of 20 in the 400M Dash and seventh out of 48 in the 100M Dash. Tyler Hugg placed 11th out of 31 in Unlimited Freestyle (Archery).

Instrumental Music: All seven competed in Small Instrumental Ensemble and placed third. In Instrumental Trio Ellie Burich, Moresse Chatman, and Joshua Green placed fifth out of eight, and in Woodwind Solo Lisa Vongsa placed seventh out of 19.

Platform (Speech/Drama):Tyler Hugg placed fifth out of 40 in Preaching. Moresse Chatman placed fifth in Ventriloquism. In Illustrated Storytelling, Lisa Vongsa placed ninth out of 25, and Alex Reed placed 10th out of 15.

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