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Upper School Students Acknowledged at Honors Assembly

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IMG_4967On Friday, October 8, 190 St. Margaret’s Upper School students were acknowledged and celebrated for their academic accomplishments through national merit recognition, Headmaster’s Honors and Honors for the spring 2010 semester.

Students on the Honor Roll earned a spring semester GPA of 3.5 to 3.74, and students on the Headmaster’s Honor Roll earned a spring semester GPA of 3.75 or higher. For a full list of honorees, click here to read the Honors Assembly program.

During the assembly, Jonathan Li, grade 12, was recognized for his recent achievement as a National Merit semifinalist. He is one of 16,000 semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring seniors in each state. Jonathan will compete for a National Merit finalist position next spring.

Before academic awards were presented to the student body, two, grade 12 Honors speakers, Charles Cox and Victoria Davidson, shared their thoughts and advice with the audience about intrinsic motivation.

“Every one of us here is different from the person next to us. We didn’t learn how to live from some master lesson-book, nor should we have,” said Charles. “The challenges we’ve faced, the successes we’ve enjoyed, and the failures we’ve stood up from have defined us as who we are today. I know that what have been most critical in my life are not the good times and the sunny days, but the hard breaks and the failures. It’s the trying times in life that show us how to live.”

Victoria also offered her perspective on the topic: “It’s not about doing what’s expected of you or doing what you have to do, but doing what you want to do and constantly striving for a greater purpose. It is more important than an A in a class or adding to an already extensive winning streak. It’s about a passion: an uncontainable, genuine drive and desire to be a sponge and just absorb and immerse yourself in whatever fascinates you.” She went on to say, “I challenge you to take a risk, to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, to stand up for what you care about, and do what you love; for that is all that can carry us through this crazy life.”

The Honors speakers were followed by remarks from Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut and the Highlander Chorale who performed a special version of “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. To the surprise of the choir, several faculty and staff members joined them on stage and contributed their musical talents.

Director of College Counseling Roland Allen proceeded to present the national merit awards followed by each grade level dean recognizing students with academic honors.

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