RTHS students Sanford and Wanner named National Merit Scholars

Rochelle Township High School seniors Samantha Sanford and David Wanner have been named National Merit Scholar Commended Students.

ROCHELLE — Rochelle Township High School seniors Samantha Sanford and David Wanner have been named National Merit Scholar Commended Students.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic scholarship competition for recognition and university scholarships. Its National Merit Scholarship Program is open to all students who meet entry requirements. 

The highest-achieving students in the National Merit Scholarship Program are designated as National Merit Scholars.

About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). That is Oct. 12 at RTHS this year for juniors. 

The test screens entrants, measuring critical reading ability, mathematics problem-solving ability and writing ability, rather than existing knowledge.

Wanner’s current course load includes: AP calculus, dual credit engineering drafting, French 4, physics, dual credit advanced composition and conditioning PE.  His GPA is currently 3.989.

Sanford’s schedule includes: AP calculus, dual credit advanced composition, anatomy/physiology I, AP statistics, sociology, conditioning PE and she is an infinity math tutor.  Samantha’s current GPA is 4.0.

This NMS commendation designates Sanford and Wanner as scholastically talented, placing them among the top 50,000 students who entered the competition. Commended students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.

Former National Merit Scholars you may recognize include: Ben & Jerry’s Jerry Greenfield, US Attorney General Merrick Garland, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and Twilight author/producer Stephanie Meyer as well as Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Elena Kagan.

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