MEDWAY — Principal John Murray is pleased to announce that five Medway High School seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as Commended students.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition that recognizes students for their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). In September, students were notified that they qualified as a Commended student.
“Congratulations to these seniors on this outstanding accomplishment,” Principal Murray said. “They are passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated students whose strong work ethic has led them to success both inside and outside of the classroom, and I am excited to see them recognized for their hard work.”
The National Merit Scholarship Program recognized five Medway seniors as Commended students:
Chleboski is the recipient of numerous scholastic awards, holds multiple leadership positions within school organizations and is a service-minded individual, assisting and volunteering in the community on a variety of projects. She is a three-year member and current president of the Science Olympiad, a four-year member and current treasurer of Women In Stem, and a four-year member and current vice president of the Math team. She serves as a peer counselor, is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) and Tri-M, a four-year member of TADA (Tolerance, Acceptance, Diversity Alliance), and has participated in both the fall play and spring musical.
Chleboski is a recipient of the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award; “Excellence Awards” in chemistry, chorus and Mandarin; Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence; and was a finalist in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program. She plans to study medicine or engineering after graduating high school.
Gagnon has been selected to be part of the Peer Counseling Team, is a member of NHS and is involved with UNICEF, Science Olympiad and the 40% Club. Her academic commitment has earned her many recognitions including numerous scholastic awards and excellence awards in Spanish, mathematics and human body systems. She is also the recipient of the High Honors Merit Certificate from the Society of Women Engineers. Outside of school she participates in Karate and has danced for many years recreationally and competitively. She has also held the role of captain of her dance team.
McCarthy strives for and has achieved academic excellence while taking rigorous courses, which will include a total of 10 honors and eight Advanced Placement classes once she graduates. She has been inducted into NHS and tutors her peers, and was the recipient of the Wellesley Scholars Book Award. McCarthy is also creative and expresses her passions through singing for the Central District Choir. She is part of the cross country and track teams, a member of Project Green, TADA and UNICEF, and also works at a local café.
Mercier is an exceptional student and has taken many honors level and Advanced Placement classes, in addition to electives in the STEM field through Project Lead the Way. Mercier has been inducted into NHS, named an AP Scholar with Honors and is the recipient of the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award.
Mercier has explored his passion for science and computers by enrolling in iD Tech Camps at St. Mark’s High School, a summer institute through UCLA, as well as courses at Rice University and Harvard University. Additionally, he is a member of Student Council, serves as class treasurer, founded the Video Game Club and participates in the Science Olympiad, Anime Cub, Gaming Club and the Medway League of Legends Team.
Parrinello has performed exceptionally well in the classroom and has a special interest in the STEM field, often pushing himself further by taking additional electives. Upon his graduation, he will have taken 10 honors-level classes and nine Advanced Placement courses. He is a three-season student-athlete participating in football, lacrosse and hockey. His hard work has earned him the respect of his coaches and teammates alike. To share his enthusiasm for sports and give back to the community, Parrinello has also volunteered as a role model and mentor through the Central Massachusetts Outlaws Hockey organization, helping teach young children to skate and assisting them in being on the ice for the first time. He is also a member of the National Honors Society, Student Council and Fishing Club
There are approximately 34,000 Commended students in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Those students will receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Some Commended students may also become candidates for scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
Additional information about the program and available scholarships can be found here.