Sonia Srikanth & Paige Kenton - Padua’s Distinguished National Scholars

We are so #PaduaPROUD to announce that two of our students have been recognized for their academic merit on the national stage!

Congratulations Sonia Srikanth

This week Sonia Srikanth was named a National Merit Finalist by theNational Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). This makes her one of only 15,000 Semi Finalists notified that they had advanced to Finalist standing. Sonia now represents less than 1% of the 1.6 million students entered in the program to receive this prestigious honor.The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.

Sonia is an honor student at Padua Academy, Captain of the Padua Tennis Team, a Padua Academy Ambassador, a Student in Action Service Leader, a Blue-Gold Ambassador, a French Club Leader and a member of the National Honor Society.

Congratulations Paige Kenton
On January 21st, 2020, Paige was named a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholar award. Only 71 students have been selected for this honor in the State of Delaware. One female and one male from each state will be named a scholar in May. If Paige is selected as the female U.S. Presidential Scholar from Delaware, she will be invited to an all-expense paid 4-day trip to Washington, DC in June where she will participate in events with the other scholars as well as U.S. and International dignitaries. She will be asked to name an influential educator.  That person will be invited to join Paige at a formal dinner in DC.
Paige is an honors student at Padua Academy, an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Commended Scholar, a US Presidential Scholar Candidate, a Blue Gold Board Member, a member of the National Honor Society, an All-State Soccer All-American, a United Soccer Coaches Regional All-American, a Top Drawer Soccer Girls State All-Star, a member of the DIAA First Team All-State Soccer, recipient of the Andrew McDonough B+ Award for inspiring others and a recipient of the EPYSA Union League of Philadelphia Good Citizen Award.

Paige has been accepted and is committed to playing soccer at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the National Merit Scholarship Award
Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.
Beginning in March and continuing through mid-June, NMSC notifies approximately 7,600 Finalists at their home addresses that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship® award. If Sonia is selected, she will receive one of the following three types of Merit Scholarships:
  • National Merit® $2500 Scholarships

  • Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards

  • College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards

About the U.S. Presidential Scholar Award
  • If Paige is selected, she will be asked to name an influential educator. That person will be invited to join Paige at a formal dinner in DC.
  • The award is sponsored by the White House and award recipients are generally considered the best students in the country.  
  • Students must be invited to apply for this award. There is no nomination process. They generally are invited based on their performance on standardized tests (SAT or ACT).  From the invite list, students are selected based on high school performance and contributions to their school and/or community. 
  • 100 academic awards are given out - 2 from each state (one male, one female)
  • 61 additional students are recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
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