Lutheran High School West is proud to announce that seniors Emma Poole and Paris Mather have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.
According to an official press release from the NMSC, about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their school play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
Emma Poole is a leader inside and outside the classroom at Lutheran West. Recently, Emma received the READ ON! Ohio Award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) after being nominated by Lutheran West school librarian Patti Naim. OELMA Past President, Dr. Susan Yutzey, visited Lutheran West on Tuesday, October 8th to present Emma with her award. Emma enjoys the subject areas of English, History, and Religion and says that an influential teacher at Lutheran West has been Mr. Jim Fenske, because "he challenges us to apply and connect difficult literary works and writing assignments with our faith and moral regard." Emma is an active member of the Lutheran West community, her church community, and the local community at large. She has been an Ambassador for West (4 years), Academic Challenge Team member (4 years), member of the Varsity Golf, Track & Field, and Women's Soccer Teams, Student Council (4 years as Class Representative, Treasurer, and Vice President), EPIC Service Club (4 years) - Vice President, now currently president), 4-year member of the Senney Honors Academy, 4-year member of Book Club, member of National Honor Society for 3 years (now president of Lutheran West's chapter). Outside of school, she volunteers with Building Hope in the City and participates in many of Lutheran West's service opportunities such as EPIC Service Club. She is active in her church and youth group and volunteers there in the areas of Christian education programs and ministry projects. She is also involved with HOBY, a youth leadership and service organization, as an alumnus, Junior Facilitator, and Regional Alumni Coordinator. Emma enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, reading, writing, taking dance classes, and trail running. After graduation, Emma plans to study History, Religious Studies, and Economics in college. She then hopes attend law school and later to work for a non-profit organization.
Paris Mather is a dedicated student and involved member of our school community. She participates in the Senney Honors Academy, Student Council, Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field, and serves as a Student Ambassador. Paris enjoys English and the Sciences, and says that Mr. Jim Fenske has been an influential teacher during her time at Lutheran West. About Mr. Fenske, she says, "He is my AP English and Ethics teacher, and is very open about his faith and makes learning interesting and fun." Paris is not certain what she'd like to study in college, but is considering Biomechanical Engineering.
As a school community, we are proud of Paris and Emma and will look forward to seeing what the future holds for these two bright young women.