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On November 8, Orono Schools celebrated the achievements of 25 students of the class of 2022. These students excelled academically and were recognized through the National Merit Scholarship and Advanced Placement Scholarship programs. .

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a national academic competition recognizing some of the most promising students in the United States. Each year, 1.5 million high school students participate in the competition by passing the PSAT / NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Of these, only 50,000 are eligible for recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Program. That’s less than three percent of all entrants.

About two-thirds, or roughly 34,000, of the first 50,000 will receive letters of recommendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

The other 16,000, or about a third of the 50,000 top scorers nationally, qualify as semi-finalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all regions of the United States are included in this talent pool, semi-finalists are nominated on a basis of state representation to be the highest-rated applicants. in every state.

Semi-finalists complete an application for finalist status which will be announced in February 2022.

Each year, the College Board recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding success on college-level Advanced Placement (AP) exams with the designation of AP Scholars. Over 2 million students around the world take AP exams each year and less than 20 percent receive this recognition.

In 2021, Orono had 163 students who achieved AP Scholar recognition. There are different degrees of scholarship designations, with the AP Fellow, the distinction being the highest. Students who achieve this designation score an average of 3.5 on all exams taken and at least a 3.0 on five or more exams.

AP Fellows, AP Honorary Fellows and AP Capstone nominees will be recognized and celebrated at our Academic Awards ceremony this spring.

Ava Blaufuss: AP Fellow with Distinction – Ava plans to study marine biology. Carleton College and the University of California at Berkeley are among the schools she applies to.

Caroline Close: AP Fellow with Distinction and Deserved National Fellow – Caroline is considering a specialization in Commerce and / or Psychology. The Orono swim team was his favorite extracurricular activity and felt like his second family.

Annabelle Edwards: AP Fellow with Distinction – Annabelle is applying to several East Coast schools and plans to pursue a pre-medical path with a major in biology while attending the ROTC on campus.

Angelo Fiataruolo: AP Fellow with Distinction and National Merit Semifinalist – Angelo applied to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he is currently taking courses through PSEO. He plans to study computer science and / or music. He will be missed by his teachers, coaches and other staff who have supported him over the years.

Crystal Gettman: AP Fellow with Distinction – Crystal has applied to John’s Hopkins and plans to study neuroscience and enter medical school. Crystal hasn’t shared what she will miss most about Orono, but her bright smile will certainly be missed.

Kytalin Hendrickson: AP Fellow with Distinction – Kytalin would like to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering. While at Orono High School, she enjoyed sailing and skiing and is currently captain of both teams.

Audrey James: AP Fellow with Distinction – Audrey would like to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. She applied to the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Washington and plans to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Johanna Johnson: AP Fellow with Distinction – Johanna will be attending Bethel University and plans to double in Bible and theological studies and missionary ministries with the goal of becoming a long-term missionary and pastor. Johanna appreciated the opportunity to participate in our local chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where she built relationships with her peers around faith, life and the Bible.

Jack Kopesky: AP Fellow with Distinction – Jack applied to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Notre Dame, where he hopes to study international business. Jack enjoyed the Student Senate and being the DJ at the school dances.

Anna Murley: AP Fellow with Distinction – One of Anna’s proudest achievements has been getting a sticker on each of her math tests for AP Calculus AB and BC. It is therefore entirely appropriate that she should consider majoring in mathematics and actuarial science with the aim of becoming an actuary.

Jenna Muth: AP Fellow with Distinction and Deserved National Fellow – Jenna is the captain of the Orono dance team where she is able to lead and inspire young dancers. In college, she would like to pursue a major in chemical engineering.

Jennifer Nguyen: AP Fellow with Distinction – AP Seminar and AP World History were among Jennifer’s favorite courses. As a member of the Student Senate, Jennifer enjoyed being a liaison between her peers and the administration. She also got involved at the state level and worked closely with students from other schools. Jennifer is eager to explore and further identify her unique interests and abilities during her college education.

Peter Nicklow: AP Fellow with Distinction – It’s fitting that Peter’s favorite extracurricular activity is men’s football. (Congratulations on the recent State Championship!) Peter says there is nothing better than spending time with friends playing a game you love.

Carli Olsen: AP Fellow with Distinction and Deserved National Fellow – Carli would like to study applied mathematics and hopes to become a data scientist, possibly in the field of sport. Her favorite extracurricular activity in Orono is women’s tennis. She placed 5th at the state women’s individual tennis tournament this fall. She will fail to compete with her classmates and good friends.

Hannah Ragan: AP Fellow with Distinction – Hannah would like to study biology, neuroscience and / or kinesiology. Her favorite activities at Orono were women’s lacrosse and the Student Senate. She will miss the fun events at school and the opportunity to talk with Orono’s friends and teachers.

Oliver Strommen: AP Fellow with Distinction – Oliver is applying to the University of Miami; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and the University of California at Los Angeles where he plans to study marine biology. Oliver especially enjoyed participating in the Student Senate, and teachers and staff will be missed. Whenever he has the chance, he enjoys rock climbing or bouldering.

Benjamin Summers: AP Fellow with Distinction – Ben’s favorite class at Orono High School was AP Human Geography. As a member of the state champion Orono men’s football team, I’m sure he is still recovering from the excitement of the weekend. Ben also enjoyed participating in the Student Senate and the Minnesota Special Olympics Unified Club.

Jack Tanner: AP Fellow with Distinction – University of Wisconsin, Madison; Our Lady; Wakeforest; and Boston College are among the schools to which Jack applies. He plans to study pre-medicine with the aim of becoming a doctor. Jack especially enjoyed men’s tennis and is hoping to qualify for the state tournament again this year. Whether on the pitch or in the classroom, Jack will be missed by Orono’s competitive but supportive environment, which always pushes him to do his best.

Nova Tseng: AP Fellow with Distinction and Semi-Finalist of National Merit – Nova especially enjoyed being part of the Speech team in Orono. As a team captain, she is able to inspire young students to take risks and try to speak in public. Although she will miss a lot about Orono, she tells me that she will miss seeing her parents every day.

Leah Uttley: AP Fellow with Distinction – Leah enjoyed the AP Seminar because it enabled her to engage in academic research around specific areas of interest. Although she is undecided on a major, Leah is keen to pursue a career in a STEM field.

Andrew Van Overbeke: AP Fellow with Distinction – Andrew plans to apply to Brown, University of Notre Dame, Tufts, and the University of Rochester, New York, where he plans to study engineering, political science and / or the Chinese. He enjoyed participating in the theater program.

Martin Weiss: National Merit Semifinalist – Martin’s favorite courses at Orono High School have been AP Seminar and AP Research, both of which lead to an AP Capstone degree. In these courses, he took the opportunity to work with teachers, peers, and community experts in a supportive and relaxed environment, while exploring real-world issues that cut across content areas. Martin’s top three colleges are Williams, Pomona, and Bowdoin.

Isabel Wellman: Deserved National Fellow – Recently, Isabel learned that she was awarded the ROTC National Naval Fellowship from Texas A&M, where she plans to study aerospace engineering. Congratulations on this honor and this choice of university, Isabel!

Ty Wetterstrom: AP Fellow with Distinction and Recommended National Fellow – Ty has applied to several schools including Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, and University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He plans to study commerce.

Derek Wignall: AP Fellow with Distinction – Derek has applied to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the University of Michigan, the State of Michigan, and the University of Washington. In college, he plans to study physics or astrophysics. Ultimately, he would like to pursue a career as a researcher in one of these fields.


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