Senior School Students Medal for Excellence in National Latin Exam
Freshman Leon Jiao earned a gold medal, sophomores Natasha Karlik, Sarah Cao, and Gary Peng were awarded silver medals, and freshman Spencer Krysinski and junior Joshua Kurian presented with Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude certificates respectively in the National Latin Exam. All of these students were over the national average, with many more Latin II-IV students finishing just a few points short.
Three Senior School Students Recognized in Chinese Speech Competition
Sophomores Aysu and Madeleine, along with freshman Daniel, were recognized in a high school Chinese speech competition organized by the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Pennsylvania.
Three Seniors Earn $2,500 National Merit Scholarships
On May 13, 2020, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced its second round of scholarship winners in the 65th annual program. Seniors Mishon Levine, Zoe Luther, and Luke Tyson each received a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.
Sophomore Accepted to PMEA All-State Orchestra Festival
Sophomore Sarah Cao participated in a virtual audition and was accepted into this year's Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Orchestra Festival. In addition, Sarah ranked first chair in the violin II section – an extraordinary achievement.
Four Seniors Named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program
Four students from Sewickley Academy have been named semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP).
On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual program. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. The Academy’s semifinalists are Mishon Levine, Zoe Luther, Chris Martian, and Luke Tyson.
These scholastically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth approximately $31 million, that will be awarded in the spring. Students who advance to the finalist level will be notified in February.
“I learned about the competition from [Director of College Guidance] Ms. Satariano, Chris Martian shared. “I was really surprised and happy to learn that I was a semifinalist, and I’m excited to apply for a finalist spot.”
Mishon Levine echoed his remarks, “It was a pleasant surprise! There's a stretch of time between when you take the PSAT as a junior and when they announce semifinalists in the fall of the following year.”
Zoe Luther was aware of the competition from her brother’s, Cole ’18, involvement several years ago. “It is very exciting to be recognized as part of this exclusive group, especially with such a competitive field of students. A lot of hard work often goes unnoticed with standardized testing, so it’s nice that the program recognizes all of the effort that goes on behind the scenes,” Zoe said.
Approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 NMSP by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening of the program entrants.