Co-Valedictorian Paul Raab continues to impress with his stellar academic excellence, as he has been awarded a 2018 National Merit Scholarship! Scholarships awarded through the National Merit programs are regarded as some of the highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high school students. There are usually about 1.6 million nation-wide entrants per year, which eventually narrows down to 15,000 Finalists. The Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies are then selected to win scholarships. Approximately 7,500 winners are awarded scholarships. Truly, the best of the best.
Paul, who graduated with a cumulative GPA of 4.385, will be attending the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in the fall. Of his college selection process, he shares, “My goal was to get into an excellent school in order to obtain a solid foundation for future business endeavors. It came down to making my final decision between Notre Dame and University of Michigan Ross School of Business.” Ultimately, he chose Ross because it was the right fit, and they offered the best overall package.
A well-rounded student, Paul has maintained his academic performance while also participating in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, Marian Rice Players, leading the BEAM&R club as president, running a semi-professional photography business, and volunteering in the community. On finding balance, he conveys, “I try to use my time efficiently and have learned how and what to prioritize over time. Knowing how to manage your time wisely is a key skill I learned at Brother Rice and will take with me to college.”
As graduation festivities come to a close and the possibilities of the future are wide open, Paul states, “Without a doubt, I will miss the brotherhood fostered in the halls and classrooms of Brother Rice. There is a unique spirit among Brother Rice’s community that is evident in the way students interact and the passion our teachers have for their classes.”
Congratulations Paul, we are so proud of you!