Four ISS seniors named National Merit Finalists


INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE – All four Indian Springs School seniors who were named National Merit semifinalists last fall have advanced to the level of finalist in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Nikki Bogan, Isaac Griffin-Layne, Davis Tyler-Dudley and Carol Zhou were selected based on their achievements on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, high SAT scores, strong academic performance in grades 9-12, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received.

The distinction places them in a group of about 15,000 students nationwide (representing less than 1 percent of graduating seniors competing for 7,500 National Merit, corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored awards to be presented later this spring based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.

“We are so excited for these four accomplished students, who shine not only through their academic achievements but also through their pursuits and leadership outside the classroom,” Indian Springs Head of School Dr. Sharon Howell said. “Earning the recognition of National Merit Finalist is a tribute to their hard work and exceptional abilities, and we wish them the best as they compete for National Merit scholarships this spring.”

Named by Business Insider in 2016 one of the smartest boarding schools in the nation, Indian Springs School is a national leader in coed boarding and day education in grades 8-12.

Inspired by the motto “Learning through Living,” the school seeks to develop in students a love of learning, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship.

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