2014 Seniors Recognized for National Merit Awards

Posted: October 4, 2013
Ike Onwuzurike, Tomas Espinosa and Sammy Stevens are all Semi-Finalists for the 2014 National Merit/Achievement Scholarship awards.

Ike Onwuzurike, Sammy Stevens and Tomas Espinosa are all Semi-Finalists for the 2014 National Merit/Achievement Scholarship awards.

Brother Rice Seniors Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

Bloomfield Hills, MI – When most people think of Brother Rice, they think of the school’s tremendous athletic accomplishments.  What most people don’t know, is that the school’s academic standards are just as high. Brother Rice has received numerous awards and recognition for years.  The 2013-14 senior class is no different and carries on the tradition of academic excellence in the Catholic tradition.

Tomas Espinosa and Sammy Stevens scored in the top 1% in the nation on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Because of their test scores, they are 2 of approximately 16,000 students from across the United States that have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program.  As semi-finalists, they are eligible to compete for almost 8,000 in scholarships valued at more than $35,000,000

Ike Onwuzurike is a semi-finalist for 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program. He is in the top 1% and one of the 1,600 semifinalists of the more than 160,000 Black American high school seniors in the United States under consideration in this program. His performance on the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT differentiated him from the competition.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, all three Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. The Semifinalists and their high school must submit a detailed application providing information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. They must have an outstanding academic record and be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay and earn a high score on the SAT.

Principal Michael Segvich, CFC said “We’re very proud of Sammy, Tomas and Ike and I’m very happy that they are getting the recognition they deserve.  They are all leaders and excel in and out of the classroom.  They  are perfect examples of students of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother education.”

Stevens (Sacred Heart Middle School) is an all-state baseball player and played catcher for last year’s MHSAA state finalist Warriors he is a member of the NHS, is a leader in the school’s mentor program (Band of Brothers) and volunteers at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Espinosa (St. Regis Middle School) runs cross country and track for the Warriors and is a member of the NHS and BEAM&R. He volunteers for the Christ Child Society.

Onwuzurike (St. Regis Middle School) runs track, is a member of the NHS, is an accomplished musician, is an alter server, volunteers for the Christ Child Society and was an award winner in last year’s state DECA competition.  DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Names of the scholarship winners will be released in early April of 2014.

In addition, four Brother Rice students have been named Commended students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition, these students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Congratulations to William Markley (Hoy Name), Joseph McCusker (St. Regis), John Soltis (Farmington East) and Nicholas Tolksdorf (Sacred Heart). They have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.

Brother Rice High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young men. Inspired by the Essential Elements of a Christian Brother Education, the school fosters the spiritual, intellectual, cultural and physical development of its students. The Brother Rice Community promotes excellence through an environment conducive to life-long personal growth, responsible moral choices and critical thinking.  For more information please visit brrice.edu

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