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National Merit honors to two Lake Stevens High School students


November 7, 2011

Sarah Foster and Alex Johnson, National Merit Scholar honorees.

The National Merit Scholarship Programs recently announced its 2011 scholars and Lake Stevens High School is proud to announce that Alex Johnson is a Semifinalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program and Sarah Foster is a Commended Scholar.

To qualify for the National Merit Scholar program students need to excel on the SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test they take in their junior year of High School.

As a National Semi Merit Finalist, Johnson scored with the top one percent of the nation’s High School seniors and will be eligible to go on to compete for some 2,500 Merit Scholarship awards, as well as corporate and college sponsored scholarships, which will be offered this spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Lake Stevens High School’s National Merit Commended student, is Sarah Foster, who scored in the top five percent of the nation and is recognized as a high-achieving student as demonstrated by her outstanding performance on the PSAT test.

Commended students represent some of the most academically talented students in the country.

Alex Johnson – National Merit Semi-Finalist Scholar:

In the future Johnson thinks about becoming a doctor or perhaps a teacher. Universities such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, and Washington bounce off his lips as possible schools to forward his education. Triple majors in biology, biochemistry and psychology for a pre-med path; triple major in French/ Italian studies, Spanish/Portuguese studies and International relations as a path if accepted to Dartmouth.

Johnson has challenged himself at LSHS taking Advanced Placement classes in European history, US history, US government and politics, art history, psychology, English, calculus, chemistry, statistics and University of Washington Extension classes in English and Spanish.

His favorite class to date is AP art history or AP Psychology and his favorite teachers are Mr. Berg, Mr. Unckles and Mr. Kelly.

At LSHS Johnson has appreciated all of the opportunities that the school provides including class offerings, activities, clubs, and the awesome assemblies.

He has attended Lake Stevens schools since kindergarten. He thanks his parents David and Devona Johnson for their support in contributing to his success.

Sarah Foster – National Merit Commended Scholar:

As Foster weighs the decisions of which college or university to attend, she knows she will major in International Relations. She is looking at east coast schools such as Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, American University, George Washington University, Tufts and New York University, as well as the University of Washington.

Foster has taken advantage of the rigorous course offerings at LSHS enrolling in Advanced Placement classes in government, statistics, art history, US history, English, Psychology, calculus and University of Washington Spanish.

Her all time favorite class ever is AP art history and her favorite teachers are Mr. Talley and Mr. Berg.

She has attended Lake Stevens schools since kindergarten. At LSHS she has enjoyed the variety of different opportunities afforded to students, and that teachers and students are nice. She also has enjoyed the learning environment that is “not too big, but not too small.”

Foster thanks her family and teachers for contributing to her success in school. Her parents are Robin and Kirsten Foster.


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