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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 135

Phoenix, Arizona
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
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1 THE NORTHWEST VALLEY REPUBLIC WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2005 11 students named National Merit semifinalists EDUCATION They are among 16,000 nationwide who represent less than 1 of US. seniors By Carrie Watters Northwest Valley Republic Eleven students from Glen-dale schools were recently named as some of the brightest students in the Class of 2006. They are among 16,000 National Merit Scholar semifinalists, who represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. The students earned the accolades with top scorers on the Preliminary SAT test in 2004. Most semifinalists will eventually move to the finalist pool and, from there, compete for scholarships that will be announced in the spring. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. of Illinois is a nonprofit group that has been handing out scholarships for 51 years with its own money and scholarship funds from colleges and businesses. Here is a look at the semifinalists: NAME: Edward Appleyard. SCHOOL: Sandra Day O'Connor High School. PARENTS: Edward and De-bra Appleyard. FAVORITE CLASS: Math ("even though I'm not taking it this year"). SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "Get as much work done in class so there's more free time after school." FUTURE CAREER: "I have no idea." NAME: Alexandra Clarke. SCHOOL: Sunnyslope High School. PARENTS: Bill and Peggy Clarke. FAVORITE CLASS: Advanced placement calculus and accelerated English. SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "Have fun and get to know your teachers, because they can help you more than you realize." FUTURE CAREER: "Editor in chief of Vogue." NAME: Adam DeJardine. SCHOOL: Sandra Day O'Connor High School. MOTHER: Lisa DeJardine. FAVORITE CLASS: "Physics, because it requires higher-le'-el mathematics, logical reasoning and problem-solving." SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "You are the only one who can make it possible. No matter how much others try to motivate ' - le 'N ivfJ bZI ! t f V y i 1 Edward Alexandra Adam , fth . S Cur . I Appleyard Clarke DeJarcine 6 xv' krl prn x? ))) ) if fc-i 0 Li-wl Lu ; i .'""C ",Sss2 """" -r ) ll Denise Vincent Zechariah v V-iC- Cray Leonard McElrath mm rs ttzs Profes- thing like J f? jftU Colin John Matthew Penrose Roeers Sawtelle YOKO FURUKAWATHE REPUBLIC Math teacher Drew Tutt teaches calculus to Mountain Ridge High School students. you, it is you who must be motivated. You must work diligently to understand what your teachers are teaching you, and you must be willing to work through any difficulties you might face ... Remember Yoda: 'Do or do not there is no try.' " FUTURE CAREER: "Computer science and law school. It's always good to have something solid to fall back on." NAME: Denise Gray. SCHOOL: Moon Valley High School. PARENTS: John and Kyle Gray. FAVORITE CLASS: Advanced placement English and theatre. SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "Find something interesting that you like in each subject; it makes it so much easier to learn. Challenge yourself. Compete with yourself. It's great fun and helps you do your best." FUTURE CAREER: "I am already enrolled in the Scottsdale Culinary Institute (Le Cordon Bleu) Bachelor's Program. I'll have my degree in the culinary arts and business management by 2009. 1 aim to combine that with ray love for the theater by catering to shows andor studios. In the long run, I'll create my own business." NAME: Vincent Leonard. SCHOOL: Glendale High School. PARENTS: Aida Garcia and Richard Leonard. FAVORITE CLASS: Physics. SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "Mellow out it's only school." FUTURE CAREER sor. NAME: Zechariah McElrath SCHOOL: Washington High School. PARENTS: Ken and Donna McElrath. FAVORITE CLASS: English. SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "To have hope. Without hope, there is no motivation to do well. To do well in both school and in life, you have to have hope." FUTURE CAREER: College researcher or work in the medical field. NAME: Colin Penrose. SCHOOL: Thunderbird High School. PARENTS: Don and Carol Penrose. FAVORITE CLASSES: Biology, physics, chemistry, Spanish and history. SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "Pay attention and work hard. Find things you enjoy doing and do them. Dream big!" FUTURE CAREER: Doctor, researcher or biomedical engineer. NAME: John Rogers. SCHOOL: Moon Valley High School. PARENTS: Bruce and Kathy Rogers. FAVORITE CLASS: Advanced placement German. SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "Pay attention and do things your way Everybody learns differently, so do what you have to for yourself." FUTURE CAREER: "Computer engineering or some- NAME: Matthew Bruce Sawtelle. SCHOOL: Barry Goldwater High School. PARENTS: Kemp and Kristy Sawtelle. FAVORITE CLASS: Show Choir. SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "Find some way to enjoy school. Looking forward to learning every day makes the work seem so much easier." FUTURE CAREER: "I'm hoping to study chemical engineering and eventually work on materials research and design." NAME: Daniel Sharp. SCHOOL: Cactus High School. PARENTS: Mark and Karla Sharp. FAVORITE CLASS: Advanced Placement U.S. history last year and advanced choral ensemble this year. SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "It takes a lot of hard work and effort. You really have to care ho w well that you do, but it is important to do fun things and to relax every once in a while." FUTURE CAREER: Biomedical engineer. NAME: Kathryn Lexie Elizabeth Williams. SCHOOL: Mountain Ridge High School. PARENTS: Christine and Brian Blackmore and Steven Daniel Sharp J Katherine Williams Williams and Paula Cooke. FAVORITE CLASS: "I love advanced placement studio art and advanced placement English literature and composition." SECRETS TO SUCCESS: "Exercise, eat a good diet and sleep well. Those three things are really what enable me to succeed in other areas, whether it is at a job or in class. And work hard, giving whatever you have to give is certainly a must. ... But it's also really important to maintain balance and not overdo it." FUTURE CAREER: "Environmental scientist. And, I have a strong desire to pursue the fine arts, but I dont see it playing a big role in my future career since I'm so academically oriented. ... I plan to keep my options very open."

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