Northwest NEWS

October 16, 2000


Overlake School students honored

Overlake School senior Rafael Grijalva, Woodinville, has been named a SCHOLAR Finalist in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Celebrating the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic high school seniors, this College Board program identified just 3,000 of 175,000 Hispanic seniors who applied nationwide as semifinalists based on the scores of the 1999 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Grijalva's name will now be placed on a roster of outstanding Hispanic students being released to colleges and universities.
   The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has named eight seniors from The Overlake School as Commended Students for their academic achievements. Sarah Buckwalter, Woodinville; Jonathon Knight, Bellevue; Jennifer Maguire, Bellevue; Hamilton Neih, Redmond; Alexander Pickrell, Redmond; Gareth Reece, Woodinville; Charles Waite, Woodinville; and Jade Werner, Redmond, will be awarded a Letter of Commendation by the School and NMSC as the group joins some 34,000 other Commended Students around the nation.
   Three seniors from The Overlake School have been honored for their academic achievements by being named semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Award Competition. Elizabeth Hager, Bellevue; Laura Moran, Redmond; and Michael Sherrard, Kirkland, join the dwindling cast of just 16,000 talented seminfinalists competing for 7,900 awards worth over $31 million.
   The students, now part of the less than one percent of all high school seniors to become semifinalists, entered the 2001 Merit Program as juniors by taking the 1999 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Finalists in the competition will be announced in March 2001.