Four Foxcroft Students Named National Merit Commended Scholars

Four Foxcroft Students Named National Merit Commended Scholars
(From left to right): Lindy Davenport, Emily Dietz, Lindsay Woods and Isabella Zimmerman

Four Foxcroft School seniors — 12 percent of the class — have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program, Foxcroft Head of School Catherine S. McGehee announced recently at an all-school meeting.

Lindy Davenport of Berryville, Virginia; Emily Dietz of Unionville, Pennsylvania; Lindsay Woods of Philomont, Virginia; and Isabella Zimmerman of Arlington, Virginia, placed among the top 5 percent of the 1.6 million students across the U.S. who took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last fall. As a result, they are among 34,000 Commended Students being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for “exceptional academic promise.”

The girls were all honored several weeks ago by the College Board as Advanced Placement Scholars, along with a record 26 other Foxcroft students. Dietz, Davenport and Woods were also named to the Foxcroft Chapter of the Cum Laude Society as juniors — a rare honor.

“These students represent a valuable national resource,” said a spokesman for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. “Recognizing their accomplishments as well as the key role their school plays in their academic development is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.”

The National Merit Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies, awarding scholarships worth $33 million.

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