The Wentzville School District is proud to announce that Matthew Brawner from Holt High School has been selected as a semifinalist and Connor Monahan and Alexandra (“Ally”) Schulte from Timberland High School, as well as Cameron Dierks from Liberty High School, have been named Commended Students in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Additionally, about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
“These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). “We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Matthew has a GPA of 4.43 and scored a 35 on his ACT. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction, is currently enrolled in six AP courses and a member of National Honor Society. He is also on the award-winning Holt Scholar Bowl team and has attended both Missouri Scholars Academy and Missouri Boys State. He has been a member of the Holt marching and symphonic bands for four years, and the jazz band for the past two years. He is a section leader for the marching band, and is a member of Freedom Percussion, a local competitive group. Matthew plans to study chemistry and music at Washington University or Northwestern University following graduation.
Connor currently has a GPA of 4.26 and scored a 35 on his ACT. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the WSD Robotics Team for four years where he currently serves as a programming team leader. He is also on the Scholar Bowl team and has attended both Missouri Scholars Academy and Missouri Boys State. Connor says he plans to study Computer Science at the Missouri University of Science & Technology following graduation.
Ally has a GPA of 4.26, has been a member of the Timberland marching, symphonic and jazz bands for four years and currently serves as a marching band section leader. As a trumpet player, she has won both district and state level honors and routinely plays Taps for Knights of Columbus memorial functions. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Link Crew and plays club volleyball. Ally has won awards twice for her projects at the St. Louis Area Project Lead the Way Engineering Competition. She plans to study Civil and Architectural Engineering at the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO.
Cameron has a GPA of 4.27 and scored a 34 on his ACT. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and has been a member of the Liberty Band for four years. He is also a member of Scholar Bowl, the LHS Golf Team and serves as Vice President of the Chess Club. In addition, he is a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) where he earned 2nd Place in Accounting at a State competition. Cameron plans to study Physics, Chemistry or Engineering in college.