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Lucy Myers named National Merit Finalist

Grand Island Senior High senior Lucy A. Myers has been named a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists needed to fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists were expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title, according to the National Merit Scholarship Program website.

Lucy Myers“To say I would have become a finalist without my teachers would be a complete lie,” Myers said. “My teachers have been amazing mentors to me in my journey through GISH. Regardless of the subject they teach, my teachers have encouraged me to pursue greatness not only through test scores but also my personal work ethic and character. I especially credit my AP teachers for pushing students like me beyond their comfort zone to expand our learning abilities.”

GISH principal Jeff Gilbertson pushes the credit back to Myers.

“We are all incredibly proud of Lucy and her constant desire to learn,” Gilbertson said. “Her teachers would have nothing but positive things to highlight from her time in their classrooms. She is dedicated to her schoolwork and she has owned her learning in a way we would want all Islanders to emulate.”

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2018. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

“For me being a finalist truly validates all of the hard work that I've put into my tests, classes and activities,” Myers said. “Finalists represent less than one percent of American high school seniors, so even if I don't receive one of the scholarships I am competing for I have still earned a spot among the academic elites of America. I am proud to be able to represent the greatness that Grand Island Senior High creates on a national level.”

Paul Cloutier is GISH teacher who has taught Myers for a number of classes, including a handful of AP courses.

“Lucy is an elite student with a high-level work ethic,” he said. “She exemplifies everything that is ideal in a student. She is intelligent, organized, disciplined, mature, driven and able to lead.”

Myers is an active student at GISH. She is the senior section leader for the alto saxophones, with 40 members this season it is the largest section of the GISH marching band. In addition, she plays baritone sax and alto sax in both jazz ensembles. Myers is the team captain of the GISH varsity quiz bowl team and a member of National Honor Society.

“As much as I value the motivation my family and teachers give me, I truly believe my success has been fuelled mostly by intrinsic motivation,” she said. “Ever since I was a child I have had a genuine love of learning. While others think I'm crazy for filling my schedule to the brim, I only see the benefits I am gaining from my classes.”

Myers has loved the thrill of being pushed to achieve beyond her limits.

“I have always wanted to be the best version of myself that is possible, and one of the best ways for me to do this is to challenge myself to succeed and learn as much as I can from my public education,” she said. “One of the other amazing motivators for me has been my peers. At GISH, the AP students share a culture of personal accountability and success that helps us encourage and teach one another.”

Those challenges are what she hopes all Islanders embrace.

“You never know what you are capable of until you push yourself out of your comfort zone,” Myers said.

Cloutier said Myers sets the perfect example.

“She is evidence of what our students, parents, and educators are capable of,” he said.

Gilbertson thinks Myers has had an impact on the school.

“Her positive attitude is infectious to peers and staff,” he said.

After graduation, Myers said she is hoping to attend either Northwestern University or the University of Nebraska Omaha to pursue a career in law.