By Satvika Ananth
Video by Brian O’Connor
On Oct. 28, Coppell High School hosted a luncheon in the library to honor students recognized for their National Merit Scholarship Qualification test.
Honorees included National Merit Semifinalists, National Merit Commended Students, National Achievement Outstanding Participant, National Achievement Semifinalists and National Hispanic Scholar. CHS recognized at least one student from each of the National Merit categories.
The luncheon began with students mingling and enjoying a lunch of pizza and salad. The counseling department, Associate Principal Leanne Dorhout and Principal Brad Hunt were there to congratulate the honorees.
Hunt formally congratulated the students for their achievements. He explained that not only had CHS achieved the highest number of National Merit Semifinalists in its history, the entire population of National Merit honorees was larger than ever before.
“It’s important that we’re able to honor students for their accomplishments, and it’s also good that students are able to see how many are being recognized and to know that we’re proud of them,” Dorhout said.
Hunt also stressed the students present were not only academically successful, but also involved with several organizations throughout the school and continue to make a difference on the campus.
Counselors Penny Davis, Chastity Lansdell, Alice Sandel, Mindy McMinn, John Crook and Debbie Fruithandler presented students with certificates recognizing them for their achievements, and each group of honorees took a group picture before returning to their seats.
However, the fun was not yet over for the students: Their greatest excitement came when Hunt announced that all the students would be receiving “I Rock CHS” shirts, inciting shouts of glee across the library.
“I definitely thought the I Rock CHS shirts were the best part of the lunch,” senior Drew Hasson said.
After picking up their shirts, students were able to enjoy some cake and celebrate the event until fifth period began.
“I was really proud of everyone who got recognized,” senior Bryce Heatherly said. “They’re all good kids and upstanding CHS students.”
National Merit Commended Student
Blake Van Patten
Kris Von Handorf
National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Finalist
National Achievement Outstanding Participant
National Achievement Semifinalist
National Merit Semifinalist