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Two IWA Students Named National Merit Finalists

Nicole Cross '22 (left) and Emily Quin '22 (right) have been named National Merit Finalists. They are among 15,000 students nationwide to achieve the honor. They are now in contention to be among the 7,500 students across the country who will be named National Merit Scholarship winners.

The students achieved the finalist designation after being first named National Merit Semifinalists and electing to continue on the journey through this prestigious scholarship program. The National Merit Scholarship Program identifies top students from around the country who've excelled academically based on their scores on the 2020 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

Both are members of the National Honor Society.

Nicole plans to major in forensic science in college, and she's been accepted to several top Texas schools. Currently, her first choice is Texas A&M University. At IWA, she's a member of both the Spanish National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Nichole is also involved in the origami club, the art club and Stitching Sisters. 

Emily is actively involved with the IWA Choir and Falcon Theatre, where she is currently helming this spring's student directed play, "The Alibis." She's been accepted to Trinity University, but hasn't made a decision yet on which college she'll attend. Philosophy, psychology and economics are among her current choices for a major, and she said she is also considering the possibility of an education degree. 

"The strong academics and leadership programs were reasons why I chose IWA," said Emily. "But the real deciding factor for me was the community. It’s a cliché, but IWA does have a sisterhood. I felt immediately welcomed into the IWA community and I knew I had found my home for the next four years. It was a moment of clarity I haven’t felt many times in my life."

Nicole agrees.

"When I visited IWA, I immediately felt welcome," she said. "I had previously attended several summer camps, so I knew the community was inviting and that I would end up coming here." 

"We're very proud that Nicole and Emily have earned this honor," said Andrea Smith, M.Ed., NCC, LPC, IWA's principal. "They are excellent students and bring so much energy to our IWA community. It is wonderful to see them celebrated in this way and to know they feel so at home here at the 609."

The National Merit Scholarship Program is announcing the final winners of National Merit Scholarships throughout the spring. If Nicole and Emily are among them, we'll share the news. In the meantime, we are thrilled for their accomplishment and that they are among this select group of scholars. 

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