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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Three Gonzaga Prep seniors named as National Merit finalists

the Inland Register

(From the April 19, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Gonzaga Preparatory School announced recently that three members of Prepís Class of 2012 have been recognized as National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Right: Caitlyn Ewers

The three students are Caitlyn Ewers, the daughter of Daniel Ewers and Barbara Cook-Ewers of St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane Valley; Matthew Gillum, the son of Michael and Ann Gillum of Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane; and Phillip Yan, the son of Wei Yan and Mancong Zhang of central Spokane. Before attending Gonzaga Prep, Ewers attended St. John Vianney School, Spokane Valley, and Matthew Gillum attended All Saints School, Spokane.

Only the top 1 percent of applicants in the nation receives National Merit finalist recognition. Each year, approximately 1.5 million entrants participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program, by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in a program cosponsored by the College Board. The standardized test measures critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills.

Right: Matthew Gillum

In addition to the three finalists, 11 Prep seniors were recognized as National Merit Commended Students. Commended Students are those who rank in the top 5 percent nationally according the National Merit Corporationís criteria.

Prepís Commended Students for 2012 are Tessa Anton, Aaron Burns, Michael Dumais, Alexander Gill, Anne Goodrich, Alexandra Kraft, Molly Moloney, Cory Sago, Renee Shull, Katherine Spilker, and Roy Taylor.

Left: Phillip Yan

Additionally, Prep seniors (and twin sisters) Jazmine and Whitney Brown were named to the National Merit Corporationís ďNational Achievement Scholarship ProgramĒ as being among the top 3,100 African-American seniors of 2012 for academic achievement.

More than 95 percent of Prepís graduates regularly go on to college each year. In 2011, Prepís seniors average scores on the ACT and SAT tests of college readiness exceeded national and state averages in a year when Washington had the highest state SAT average. Last year, Prepís 217 seniors were offered more than $16 million in college scholarships and financial aid, of which they were able to accept almost $5 million.

(IR photos courtesy of Gonzaga Prep)


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