All Saints High School is proud to announce that its 25-member Class of 2018 has three seniors receiving honors by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Two of the seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists while one senior has been designated as a Commended Scholar.
Natalie Chaudhuri and Colten Cannon were named as National Merit Semifinalists and are eligible to continue in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship competition for scholarships worth more than $32 million to be awarded next spring. Sarah Going was named as a National Merit
Commended Scholar, which makes her a candidate for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
As members of All Saints third graduating class, Chaudhuri, Cannon, and Going are the first All Saints High School National Merit Scholars in the school’s short six-year history. The Lubbock area has 13 total seniors earning the National Merit Semifinalist status. The three All Saints seniors scored among the highest 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores in Texas.
“Students who are recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation share two characteristics: academic talent and an exceptional work ethic. This is definitely true of Natalie [Chaudhuri], Colten [Cannon], and Sarah [Going],” All Saints Headmaster Bruce Latta said. “What’s more impressive is the fact that all three have taken full advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities at All Saints. They are active in all aspects of school life. Finally, and most importantly, they are exceptional people and wonderful representatives of both All Saints and Lubbock.”
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Finalist award, Chaudhuri and Cannon along with the other semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
“These three students are members of our third graduating class. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful and thriving high school program,” All Saints High School Division Head said. “Our faculty is dedicated to the success of All Saints High School and all of our students. I congratulate these students in particular on their great accomplishments, both with this honor, as well as in everything they do. All of our students at All Saints High School are very involved and committed to learning and growing, both in and out of the classroom.”
Cannon is the secretary of the school’s Student Council as well as historian for the school Chemistry Club. He is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in varsity football, basketball, track, golf, and cross country. Cannon has been enrolled at All Saints since the seventh grade. He is the son of Mr. Shawn Cannon and Mrs. Emily Cannon.
Chaudhuri is president of the school’s Chemistry Club, captain of the Debate Team, treasurer of the Student Council, editor of the school’s Merkati literary magazine, and editor of the school’s newsletter, The Patrioteer. She is a member of the Varsity Mock Trial Team, High School Band, Future Problem Solver Team, Varsity Tennis Team, and High School Book Club. Chaudhuri received the school’s highest award – the Proven Patriot Award for Overall Excellence- her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Chaudhuri has been enrolled at All Saints since the sixth grade. She is the daughter of Dr. Kallol Chaudhuri and Dr. Swapna Chaudhuri.
Going is the Senior Class Student Council Representative and is also a member of the Varsity Cheer Team, Mock Trial Team, Varsity Tennis Team, Chemistry Club, National Honor Society, Yearbook Staff, and Band. Going enrolled in All Saints her freshman year. She is the daughter of Mr. Scott Going and Mrs. Robin Going.
“Colten [Cannon], Natalie [Chaudhuri], and Sarah [Going] are so deserving of this honor,” All Saints High School Counselor Gwen Belk said. “They are exceptional young people who possess extraordinary skills. We are so very proud of their achievements.”