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14 CSD Students Are Finalists in National Merit Scholar Competition

Fourteen students in Canyons District schools have advanced to finalist status in the 56th annual competition to become National Merit Scholars.  

The students – from Alta, Brighton and Hillcrest high schools – are among 15,000 students nationwide to earn the designation.  The high-achieving students have made it through two rounds of judging:  the first round, announced in September, awarded the students semifinalist status. Now, they remain in competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships that collectively are worth about $36 million.

Of the Canyons students, eight attend school at Hillcrest. Four are students at Alta, and two attend Brighton. The students are:

Alta High School
Alexander Burton
Sean Groathouse
Camille Houferak
Nicole Moody

Brighton High School
Kevin Bryant
Grant Taylor

Hillcrest High School
Anne Christine Ashton
Christina A. Crum
Caitlyn E. Gallagher
Russell P. Johnson
Julianne Linton
Brenton D. Mabey
Jason J. Rammell
Samuel B. Watson

In March, the National Merit Scholarship Committee will begin mailing scholarship offers to winners at their homes and confidential notices to high school principals.  

About 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the competition by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the initial screen of the applicants.  Students also must submit an essay, be recommended by the high school principal, and demonstrate leadership at school and in the community.  

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by about 250 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,900 college-sponsored awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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