SCA students named National Merit semifinalist and commended scholar

Kansas City StarSeptember 25, 2013 

Summit Christian Academy senior Samuel Holland was named a National Merit Semifinalist and senior Ashley Thompson was named a commended scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

National Merit Semifinalists score in the top 1 percent of the 1.66 million students who take the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test each year. Commended scholars are in the 3 percent of the 1.66 million students who take the PSAT/NMSQT each year.

In addition to being named National Merit semifinalist, Holland is also one of only 781 students nation-wide to achieve a perfect ACT score of 36. Holland is the son of Wayne and Marlene Holland. He is on the SCA varsity cross-country team, is active in the SCA band, and is a member of the worship team.

Thompson is the daughter of David and Kimberlee Thompson. She is in SCA’s concert chorale and junior/senior ensemble, on the varsity soccer team, is leader of SCA’s Global Connect organization, and president of Student Government.

“We are very proud of our scholars,” said SCA Academic Dean Kimberlee Gill. “It is exciting to have two of our students score in the top 1 percent and 3 percent of students across the country. We are a small school, but have such a rigorous academic program that our students are prepared to not only compete and succeed here, but also at the collegiate level.”


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