Two Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists; Another Selected as Commended Scholar

September 10, 2014

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Woodlawn School seniors Joe Andry and Meredith Simpson, both of Davidson, have been named Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists throughout the nation to be recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

About 1.5 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 1% percent of the state’s senior students.

Joe is the son of Allain and MC Andry, and has attended Woodlawn for 6 years. He has represented North Carolina in the national finals of the National History Day competition, and this year is studying at the University of Oxford, in England. Meredith, the daughter of Allison Simpson, is co-editor of Lighten Up!, the student-run blog at Woodlawn School, and last year she participated in the 32nd annual American Invitational Mathematics Examination. She tutors elementary school children weekly at the Ada Jenkins Center and initiated the development of a program to support early childhood literacy at the Lake Norman Community Health Clinic.

Joe and Meredith now will be considered for two of the 15,000 National Merit Scholarship Finalist spots, after submitting an application that includes high school courses and grades, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and a self-descriptive essay. The Finalists will be vying for about 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million, to be offered next spring.

Additionally, senior Celeste Campbell of Davidson was named a National Merit Commended Scholar.  Celeste, the daughter of Malcolm and Susan Campbell, has attended Woodlawn for 7 years.  She is editor of this year's Mighty Oak yearbook, and is a member of the varsity volleyball and soccer teams.  Commended scholars represent the top 3% of students taking the PSAT/NMSQT®.

Two Seniors Named National Merit Commended Scholars

October 7, 2013


DAVIDSON, N.C. – Woodlawn School seniors Maisie Wills and John Patrick “JP” Shaw, both of Davidson, have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Over the last four years, eleven Woodlawn students have been honored as Commended Students, including one National Merit Scholarship Winner.

Wills and Shaw are among the approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation to be recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed in the top three percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition, which is based on their junior-year PSAT test scores.

Maisie is the daughter of Trey and Anne Wills, and JP is the son of Brian and Pat Shaw. Both students arrived at Woodlawn in 2004 as third graders and are now in their 10th year as Trailblazers.

Senior Honored by National Merit Scholarship Program

October 1, 2012

Officials at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Woodlawn senior David Keener of Davidson was named a 2013 National Merit Commended Scholar.  Commended scholars represent the top 3% of U.S. students, based on their junior-year PSAT test scores.

David, the son of Gene and Lynne Keener, has attended Woodlawn for 8 years.  He has earned four varsity letters on Woodlawn's conference champion cross country team as well as two varsity letters in track and field.

David joins 8 other Woodlawn students who have been honored by the National Merit Scholarship program over the past 3 years - 7 as Commended Scholars and 1 as a National Merit Scholarship Winner.

Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Winner

June 4, 2012

Officials at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today that Woodlawn senior Paulina Campbell of Davidson was named a 2012 National Merit Scholarship Winner. 8,300 scholarship winners were selected from more than 1.5 million students in about 22,000 high schools who took the 2010 PSAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors.

Paulina plans to attend Grinnell College (Iowa), one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation.  In addition to the National Merit Scholarship, she also received the Trustees Honor Scholarship from Grinnell.

Paulina, the daughter of Malcolm and Susan Campbell, has attended Woodlawn for 7 years. She is the editor of the 2012 Mighty Oak yearbook and has earned four varsity letters on Woodlawn's conference champion cross country team.  Paulina was also the 2012 winner of Woodlawn's Female Athlete of the Year award, the 2011 recipient of our Achievement in the Humanities award, and the 2010 winner of our Creative Arts award.

In addition, Woodlawn seniors Zach Lingle (Davidson), Dana Neidinger (Davidson), and Tori Rinker (Cornelius) were named National Merit Commended Scholars, placing them in the top 3% of U.S. high school seniors based on their junior-year PSAT score.

Woodlawn School Senior Named National Achievement Scholar

April 6, 2011

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today that Woodlawn senior Terin Patel-Wilson has been named a Winner in the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Terin is one of the 800 Black American high school seniors who have been designated scholarship winners - each winner receives an award of $2,500. Terin is a Mooresville resident who has attended Woodlawn for the past 9 years.