October 3 , 2023
Seven seniors at Vanguard College Preparatory School (VCPS) have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, including one National Merit Semifinalist and six National Merit Commended Students. In addition, four VCPS juniors and seniors have been honored by College Board National Recognition Programs.
National Merit Semifinalist at Vanguard is Cooper Lacy.
Cooper scored in the top 1% of students across the nation who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. He is the only student from Waco, out of 1,543 from the state of Texas and 16,000 across the U.S. who were named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Lacy now has the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level of the competition and compete for $30 million in merit scholarships.
National Merit Commended Students at Vanguard are Zach Henry, Samuel Mach, Keeton Matthews, Addie Morris, Evan Roos and Maggie Winarick.
These students scored among the top 5% of students across the nation who took the PSAT/NMSQT and are among 34,000 students across the U.S. who were recognized for exceptional academic promise.
In addition to VCPS’s seven National Merit seniors, four Vanguard juniors and seniors have been honored by the College Board National Recognition Program.
The College Board National Recognition Programs annually honor 32,000 underrepresented students across the U.S. who excel on the PSAT/NMSQT/PSAT10 or earn a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA; and identify as African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.
“Having eleven students recognized by the nation’s top academic scholarship programs is one of the greatest testaments to our exceptional faculty, the academic rigor and the advanced level of course work offered to Vanguard students,” VCPS head of school Bill Borg said. “As a result, our students are well-prepared for college and beyond.”
Over the last 10 years, Vanguard has had 45 students gain National Merit recognition.
ABOUT VANGUARD COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Since 1973, Vanguard College Preparatory School has inspired the passion to learn, the courage to lead, and the commitment to serve through a program that fosters the intellectual, physical, emotional and ethical development of its students. Offering a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum, Vanguard focuses on the 3R’s—rigor, respect and responsibility—to bring balance to students’ experiences, provide opportunities to explore multiple interests, and thrive in a compassionate community. To learn more about Vanguard, visit www.vanguard.org.