Lindbergh Board Honors National Merit Nominees, AP Scholars, IB Diploma Recipients

National Merit Commended Students, from left, Katelyn Freund, Eliot Courtois and Elizabeth Black were honored by the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education on Oct. 11. Nine Lindbergh students qualified for this distinction in all.

National Merit Commended Students, from left, Katelyn Freund, Eliot Courtois and Elizabeth Black were honored by the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education on Oct. 11. Nine Lindbergh students qualified for this distinction in all.

Nineteen Lindbergh High School students who were named Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Program were honored Oct. 11 by the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education.

The board also honored the parents of 12 International Baccalaureate Diploma recipients from the class of 2011 and read a resolution recognizing 124 AP Scholars.

National Merit Semifinalists

The 10 LHS National Merit Semifinalists represent the top 1 percent of participants nationwide in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They include seniors Kyle Burkhart, Kendall Helbert, William Iverson, Jacob Luciani, Marino Marin, Quin Rich, Brian Roth, Wesley Shiflet, Francesca Vacca and Kelly Weiss.

The honor is based on outstanding performance on the 2010 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. These students are among 1,600 nationwide semifinalists who will compete for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring.

National Merit Commended Students

In addition, nine LHS seniors are among 34,000 National Merit Commended Students in the nation and include Emily Antrobus, William Bernard, Elizabeth Black, Eliot Courtois, Steven Ebert, Katelyn Freund, Mackenzie Hempe, Andrew Muhlbauer and Joseph Roth.  Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2010 PSAT/NMSQT.

AP Scholars

One-hundred-and-twenty-four Lindbergh students were named AP Scholars, including:

• 11 National AP Scholar award winners, who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams.

• 49 AP Scholar with Distinction award winners, for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams.

• 20 AP Scholar with Honor award winners, who earned an average score of 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and 3 or higher on four or more exams.

• 44 AP Scholar award winners, for earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

“We are extremely proud of the number of LHS students who perform so well on the AP Exams, which has continued to rise over the last 10 years,” Irv Mueller, district honors coordinator, stated in a district news release. “It is a real tribute to the teachers and students who work so hard.”

IB Diploma Recipients

The Board of Education also honored 2011 International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipients Margaret Bavlsik, Kevin Bock, Dean Branaman, Tyler Esselman, Joseph Fiala, Joshua Hertlein, Vedad Karahodzic, Abigail Katsoulis, Peter Kempf, Shira LeDeaux, Laura Shaffer and Grace Watt.

Students in the IB program must successfully complete six exams, a course in Theory of Knowledge, a 4,000-word extended essay, and a self-designed program of creativity, action and service.