Casady seniors have been selected as National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit® Scholarship Program.
Casady seniors Divya Chandrasekaran, Abby Fakhoury, Kiran Naidu, Jes Stanfield, and Drew Walters have been selected as National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program "honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies."
“Our community is blessed to have so many students who believe, as I do, that scholarship is an important part to the foundation of a successful life,” Head of School Nathan L. Sheldon said. “I recognize and honor the nominations; they represent untold hours of hard work and dedication. I am proud of what these students have accomplished and am excited to see what their futures hold.”
The National Merit Scholarship Program began in 1955 as an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million juniors in 21,000 schools—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Divya, Abby, Kiran, Jes, and Drew have an opportunity to continue further in the competition, which awards 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $30 million that will be offered in the spring of 2022. From the 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and will be notified of this advancement in February.
All winners of Merit Scholarship awards, who will be known as Merit Scholars, are chosen based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. As stated on the website, a variety of information is available for the "selectors" to evaluate each finalist including academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the finalist's own essay.
Casady Choir members performed at the COCDA (Central Oklahoma Choral Director’s Association) Festival Tuesday night. More than 1,000 students auditioned for 25 spots on various choirs, and Casady had 12 students selected.
Casady School is a PreK-12, independent, college preparatory Episcopal day school committed to deeper-level learning. Casady School welcomes a student body that reflects the diversity of the world around us and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs generally accorded or made available to students at the School.