Congratulations to St. Ursula Academy seniors Mara Kalinoski, Madison Scott, Katherine Dubielak, and Cheyanne Dye on being named 2013 National Merit Scholars.
Madison Scott has earned a Semi-Finalist ranking. She is among the highest-scoring students who participated in the testing. Ms. Scott will be notified in February if she has advanced to the Finalist standing. To become a semi-finalist a student must score in the top one-third of the 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT. Madison is a member of the award-winning St. Ursula STEM Club and will be traveling to MIT to participate in the MIT-InvenTeam competition. She is also a past member of the Quiz Bowl team. In her spare time, Madison is an administrator of a wiki about Lemony Snicket. She hopes to major in electrical and computer engineering. She has applied to Carnegie-Mellon University, Drexel University, Cornell University, and Case Western Reserve University.
Both Ms. Dubielak and Ms. Kalinoski have earned Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Both students scored in the top 34,000 of over 1.5 million students who took the test.
Ms. Dubielak, a National Honor Society officer, is a member of the SUA orchestra and will be traveling to Carnegie Hall with the St. Ursula Concert Choir in the spring. She is also involved with the Toledo Project Labre, a volunteer organization that helps the homeless in Toledo. Katherine hopes to attend Columbia University and major in pre-law or social work.
Ms. Kalinoski, a National Honor Society member and avid writer, plays varsity lacrosse and has participated in the SUA musicals. She is a member of the Peace and Justice Club, Photography Club and is a Student Ambassador. In her spare time, Mara is a volunteer tutor with the Kids Unlimited Program. Among the colleges that Ms. Kalinoski has applied to are the University of Notre Dame, Columbia University, Brown University and The Ohio State University. She hopes to pursue a degree in English or psychology.
Cheyanne Dye has been named a National Achievement Scholarship Scholar. The National Achievement Scholarship program is an academic competition to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Less than 5,000 students nation-wide are eligible for this honor. Ms. Dye, a member of National Honor Society, is active in the Archery Club, Stage Crew for the Musicals, and the Asian Culture Club. She is also a four-year member of the SUA Track and Field team. Cheyanne volunteers at the Toledo Zoo and is an usher at Third Baptist Church. She has been accepted at Grand Valley State University, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Toledo. Ms. Dye plans to major in International Studies or International Business.