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Webb students receive academic recognition

The 53rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program announced that eight Webb School of Knoxville seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2008, while six Webb seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars.

In all, 12 percent of Webb’s Class of 2008 received advanced levels of National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognition for 2008.

More than 1.4 million high school juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2008 Merit Program by taking the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors were designated National Merit Semifinalists. These 16,000 academically talented students represent the highest scoring entrants in each state. Webb semifinalists Jonathan Ande-rson, Abhit Bhandari, Harris Googe, Erin Lauer, Greer Mackebee, Ryan Markman, Peyton Miller and Henry Neilson now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $34 million, to be offered this spring.

These eight students were recognized during Webb’s Upper School Chapel, Tuesday, Sept. 18. In addition to being selected a National Merit Semifinalist, Webb’s Greer Mackebee earned a perfect score this year on the ACT. Greer was the only Tennessee student, out of the some 15,000 students in the state who took the ACT in June 2007, to achieve the highest possible composite score. In addition, Greer was one of only 177 students in the nation to earn a perfect score on the June 2007 ACT.

Similarly, Webb’s Anne Allen, Anjali Bisaria, Rachel Coffey, Lindsey Kirchoff, Adri Kopp and Zack Rescoe are among the 34,000 high school seniors, nationwide, to have been named National Merit Commended Scholars.

“The young people named Commended Scholars in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program are distinguished by their strong academic performance in this rigorous competition,” a spokesperson for the NMSC said in a recent press release.

“Our nation’s pursuit of educational excellence can be furthered by publicly honoring these outstanding students and by acknowledging the important role schools play in fostering their development.”

Commended Scholars placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.4 million students who entered the Merit Program competition for 2008.


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