Submitted by SMA
St. Mary’s Academy has a nearly 150-year tradition of educating students in Denver with a holistic approach, who have interests and strengths in several different capacities. Recently, four seniors were recognized in three disciplines, which continues a tradition of excellence from a St. Mary’s Academy education and experience.
Two seniors, Blair Batky and Paige J. Stock, have met all of the requirements to advance to finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are two of 15,000 students recognized in the country.
Each year, 1.5 million students become eligible for the scholarship by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists then submit a detailed scholarship application, exhibit an outstanding academic record, must be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance.
From the Semifinalist group, some 16,000 meet Finalist requirements. “All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference,” as stated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The scholarships total nearly $35 million and winners represent less than 1 percent of the initial pool of student entrants.
Sigrid Kite started her senior year being the focus of more than two-dozen colleges to play Division 1 soccer. But, her world changed dramatically when she broke her leg in a game with her Colorado Rush Soccer Club. Kite was concerned about the effect this would have on her college prospects. Until she heard from Pepperdine University. They informed her they remained interested in her and wanted to stay in touch during her rehabilitation. On Feb. 6, now at 100 percent, Kite signed with Pepperdine University, 2011 WCC Champions, on National Signing Day. This is the first day a high school senior can sign a letter of intent with a NCAA school. She said it was clear that the university valued her as a person. A dedicated soccer player and determined student.
Last week, senior Danielle Schablitsky received a “Silver Key” for her piece, A Winter Enigma from the Colorado Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program. This recognition was awarded to only 500 students out of more than 4,000 entries and will have their work displayed at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. In addition to keys and certificates, more than a dozen Colorado colleges and universities award scholarships to participating seniors, last year totaling more than $260,000. Judges look for originality, technical competence and personal voice.