Senior Rebecca Smith named National Merit semifinalist

Senior Rebecca Smith

Senior Rebecca Smith has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalist.

An academic and athletic standout, senior Rebecca Smith has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalist. 

Rebecca is among 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program who are now in the running for about 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth more than $32 million. 

After her junior year, Rebecca’s outstanding performance on Advanced Placement (AP) tests earned her recognition as an AP Scholar with Honors by the College Board, because she had a top score of five on three of the four tests she had taken. She is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS). 

“Rebecca demonstrates a maturity rarely seen in students her age,” said Upper School biology teacher Karen Suder who coached her in study strategies for The Summit’s rigorous curriculum. “While Rebecca balances many extracurricular activities and athletics, her diligent approach is seen in the manner she takes notes, participates in class, communicates with her peers, inspires her teammates and takes learning to a higher level based on critical-thinking. She does not simply memorize facts, she makes valuable connections between concepts. Additionally, she understands how subjects relate to one another and values the opportunity for interdisciplinary discussions.”  

A student in The Summit’s Science Research Institute, Rebecca participated in clinical research on sports-related concussions with the University of Cincinnati Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. She has written a blog about her experience and will present her work at the Institute’s Colloquium on Jan. 29.  

A standout with the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club, Rebecca recently signed to study and row at Stanford University. She rows six days a week, averaging 18 hours per week, from Labor Day through mid-June. She has rowed throughout all four years of high school. As a sophomore, she earned her way into the First Varsity 8+ and won gold at the Midwest Regional Championships. As a junior, she and her crew finished seventh at the USRowing Youth National Championships. 

Giving back to the community, Rebecca volunteered the last two summers at Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship and volunteered with the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club’s summer camp for the last three summers.  

National Merit semifinalists are selected based on performance in the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test taken during their junior year. Finalists will be announced in the spring. In the past five years, 64 Summit students have been recognized by National Merit. 

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