FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2009
CONTACT: Lynn Doughty, Director of Development at 207-947-0313 x 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN BAPST STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACADEMIC ABILITY
Bangor, Maine…..Three John Bapst Memorial High School seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest achievers on the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in each state. The three Semifinalists from John Bapst are: Anna Carmack, daughter of Adrienne and David Carmack of Veazie; Evelyn Fairman, daughter of Janet and Randall Fairman of Dixmont; and Lucas Hubbard, son of Marlene and Jon Hubbard of Holden.
Six John Bapst Memorial High School seniors have also been named Commended Students in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. They placed among the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who took the 2008 PSAT/NMSQT and are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. The six Commended Students are: Gillian Anderson, daughter of Susanna Anderson of Holden and David Anderson of Hermon; Patrick Hall, son of Lynn and Robert Krueger of Glenburn; Shane Hass, son of Susan Hass and Frank of Veazie; Melissa Hoksch, daughter of Constance and Steven Hoksch of Hampden; Ian Szydlo, son of Leslie and David Szydlo of Glenburn; and Sarah Wardell, daughter of Joni and Edward Wardell of Orland.
“Recognition of high-achieving students is essential to advancing educational excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “As demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program, these young men and women represent some of the most academically talented students in our country.” NMSC is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955, specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Program. Scholarships awarded through the program are underwritten by the NMSC and approximately 500 business organizations and higher education institutions.
John Bapst is a non-sectarian, independent, college-preparatory school that serves students in grades 9 through 12, the majority of whom are publicly supported. Located in its original 1928 building in Bangor’s Broadway Historic District, the school welcomes students from over 40 communities.
With a strong tradition of school spirit and friendliness, John Bapst balances commitment to community life with the recognition of individual talents and differences. A strong Advanced Placement program, an acclaimed instrumental and choral music program, and a tradition of athletic achievement are among the school’s notable features. The school’s mission of fostering in students a respect for learning, for themselves, and for others is supported by exceptionally strong programs in academics, athletics, and fine arts. For more information about John Bapst, visit the school’s web site at www.johnbapst.org.