GPS Senior Sara Griffith was recognized in assembly as a National Merit Semifinalist for 2012-13. Honored for her exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies, Ms. Griffith placed in the top nationwide among 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2012 National Merit program by taking the PSAT in their junior year. She may now continue in the competition for one of the 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
GPS Headmaster Randy Tucker and Upper School Principal Jessica Good presented Sara with her certificate as the student body applauded her achievements. ”This is a remarkable honor that goes annually to some of the most highly talented students in the country,” said Tucker. “We recognize that achieving the National Merit Semifinalist designation is as much a reflection of a girl’s natural gifts as it is her grit and hard work.”
Ms. Griffith, who serves as secretary of the senior class, is a member of the National Honor Society and is a GPS Ambassador. She is a member of the 2012 state championship bowling team and is a four-year member of the varsity volleyball team. She has received numerous academic awards at Class Day exercises.