Berwick Academy is pleased to announce five students that have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Nolan Feeley of Berwick ME; Ethan Littlefield of Rochester, NH; Jaclyn Mait of Ogunquit, ME; Morgen Smith of Dover, NH and Chris Yates of West Newbury, MA,
The National Merit Scholarship Competition begins with the PSAT in the fall of junior year. Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® selection index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended students are named on the basis of a nationally applied selection index score.
Director of College Counseling, Moira McKinnon, "These five seniors have done more than just score well on the SATs. They are also student leaders in the arts, athletics, and community engagement. Each excels in a variety of academic disciplines and their teachers often note the ways in which they are able to connect various concepts in creative, forward thinking ways. Serving as mentors and peer tutors, they are committed to the success of their peers as well as their own. In this way, they embody Berwick's great commitment to collaborative learning and interdisciplinary approach to the world."
Nolan Feeley, of Berwick, ME, has attended Berwick Academy since the eighth grade. He is a four-year member of the Varsity Cross Country Team, and was MVP his sophomore year and a captain his senior year. He also participates in Varsity Baseball, as well as Varsity Swimming. He has been inducted into the National Latin Honors Society, as well as the Cum Laude Society, and has received Departmental Recognition awards in both Mathematics and Physics. He participates in math team, the Peer Tutor Program, and is also a student leader for innovation. Nolan has completed two Innovation Pursuits focused on computer science, mathematics, and map-making during his time at Berwick.
Ethan Littlefield, of Rochester, NH, has attended Berwick Academy since his freshman year. During his time at Berwick, he has participated on Crew, recognized as MVP as a junior, Varsity Soccer, and the Swim team. He is co-founder of the Chess Club, the Rock Climbing Club, and the Fall Crew team, and is co-leader of the Mock Trial team, which made it to finals his sophomore year. Ethan has received several honors, including the Departmental Recognition Award for History and Language, being inducted into the National Latin Honor Society and the National Cum Laude Society, and receiving the Yale Book Award.
Jaclyn Mait, of Ogunquit, ME, has attended Berwick Academy since the seventh grade. She has been inducted into the Cum Laude Society and the National Latin Honors Society, and has received several academic awards, including gold and silver medals for the National Latin Exam and a Departmental Recognition award for History. At Berwick, she is a co-leader of the Big & Little Buddies Club. She participates in the Outreach Club, where she has had rewarding experiences working with Lower School students and tutoring elementary students at the Central School. Jaclyn has played a sport every trimester, including Varsity Lacrosse, Varsity Cross Country, JV Ice Hockey (Most Improved Player award), JV Field Hockey and JV Soccer.
Morgen Smith, of Dover, NH, has attended Berwick Academy since eleventh grade. Although Morgen has only been at Berwick for a short time, she has made a tremendous impact. At Berwick, Morgen is a member of the Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Swim, and Crew teams and a captain of Varsity Field Hockey. Morgen participates in multiple clubs at Berwick, including the Mock Trial team and Outreach club, of which she is a co-leader. Both on and off the Hilltop, Morgen has a passion for community service; in sophomore and junior year, she organized a volunteer food packing event involving over 500 people packing food for starving kids. During her junior year, Morgen was inducted in to the National Latin Honor Society and received a Silver medal on the National Spanish exam, as well as being honored with the Brown University Book Award.
Chris Yates, of West Newbury, MA, has attended Berwick Academy since the ninth grade. He has a passion for classical languages and is a member of the National Latin Honor Society. At Berwick, he is a member of the school chorus and has performed in two musicals. He is an active member of several clubs including the Alliance, and is a founding member performance acapella groups; Low Key and Celtic Storm. As an athlete, Chris is a four-year member of the Varsity Cross Country team. Outside of academics, Chris completed a 200-mile trek on the northernmost stretch of the Appalachian trail this past summer. He has also distinguished himself as an Eagle Scout. To earn this ultimate scouting honor, Chris embarked on a project to benefit his school community and leave his lasting imprint on campus through construction of a new student running trail. To honor the Boy Scouts and to encourage future generations of Berwick runners to “Fly like an Eagle,” he named his legacy, Eagle Trail.