The Senior Food Auction at DHS raised $1711 and is hosted by the National Honor Society. All the food and money to purchase pizzas is donated by DHS staff members. Proceeds went to help fight cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy. Students really enjoyed the ice cream!
Ian Cook, Bethany Hansen, Virginia Kivel, Graham Northrup, Amelia Sadler and Kristin Weisgerber were named as Finalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. They were among more than 1.5 million students in 22,000-plus high schools who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants back in October 2012 (fall of their junior year). Last September (beginning of their senior year, almost a year after the PSAT/NMSQT was taken), about 16,000 students (which represents less than one percent of U.S. High school seniors) were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in this process. Dexter High School was proud to learn that six of its students, Ian Cook, Bethany Hansen, Virginia Kivel, Graham Northrup, Amelia Sadler and Kristin Weisgerber had met or exceeded the Selection Index (qualifying score) for the state of Michigan and were named Semifinalists in the competition. To advance in the competition, they subsequently took the SAT Reasoning Test, completed a lengthy application and submitted a comprehensive letter of recommendation from their high school counselor. According to Geraldine Holmes, Counseling Department Chair at Dexter High School, “The application process can be tedious for both the students and the counselors, but the potential payoff can be well worth it.” National Merit Scholarships can come from college or corporate sponsors, but not all colleges participate in the National Merit Scholarship program. The Ivies, Stanford and other highly selective colleges such as the University of Michigan do not participate in the program. However, it remains a great honor to be recognized as a Finalist and colleges are very interested in students who are National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists. In early February 2014, DHS received the good news that Cook, Hansen, Kivel, Northrup, Sadler and Weisberger—all six Semifinalists—had advanced to Finalist standing. As finalists, they’ll have an opportunity to earn $2500 National Merit scholarships, corporate-sponsored merit scholarship awards, and college-sponsored merit scholarship awards. Collectively, these awards are supported by 450 independent sponsors and by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Holmes said that, “It’s typically March when NMSC will begin mailing scholarship offers to about 8,000 of the 15,000 Finalists. Hopefully all six National Merit Finalists from Dexter will be chosen as winners and
will receive notification in the coming months.” In addition to recognizing its Finalists, Dexter High School also wishes to acknowledge its four Commended Scholars, who placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition: Natalie Burdick, Michael De Zeeuw, James Fischer, and Kristin Lowery. Although as Commended Scholars they did not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, they may become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Holmes said, “I think I can speak for the entire Dexter Schools community in saying how especially proud we are of all of the students mentioned in this article. They have demonstrated, by their outstanding performance in this highly competitive program that they represent some of the most academically talented students in not only our state, but in our country.”