Bay High honors National Merit scholars 2016
Left-to-right, front row--Phillip Lally, Shawn Simko;
back row--Carter White, and National Merit Semi-finalist Will Huntington.
senior Will Huntington has been named a National Merit Semi-finalist.
Huntington has earned the prestigious academic distinction with his
score on the 2015 Preliminary SAT (PSAT). The nationwide pool of
semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of the 1.6 million students
from 22,000 U.S. high school who take the PSAT in their junior year. The
number of semi-finalists is proportional to the state's percentage of
the national total of graduating seniors.
In addition, three Bay High seniors qualified as Commended Students
scoring in the top five percent of test takers nationwide: Phillip
Lally, Shawn Simko and Carter White.
Will Huntington plans to major in economics and has narrowed down his
choice of schools to Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Harvard and Yale. The
Rockets baseball player would like to coach baseball as a teacher, but
he also has a strong interest in the nonprofit world. He has been his
school’s leader each year in organizing the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser.
“I’ve been involved with St. Baldrick’s, shaving my head, since
seventh-grade,” he said, and noted that he will be leading the effort
again this year at Bay High.
He has held leadership positions in Bay
High’s Youth Philanthropy Fellowship, and Student Council. He has
volunteered with Bay High’s PAL group assisting students with special
needs, as a cook at Village Project, and as a tutor and mentor at
Cleveland Boys and Girls clubs. He is a member of National Honor
Society. He has also traveled to Kentucky with the Appalachian Service
Project to work on repairing homes of low income people.
Phillip Lally plans to attend the University of Notre Dame and major
in English. He would like to be a writer, either as a news journalist or
perhaps a writer of fiction. He has served as president of Bay High’s A
Cappella Choir and vice president of Bay High’s Thespian Society. He
has served three years on Student Council, is a member of Bay High’s
Choraleers and is part of his school’s Academic Challenge team.
Shawn Simko is undecided about where he will attend college, but he
is very sure he will major in physics. He would like to be a professor
of physics or a researcher. He is a member of his school’s Academic
Challenge team, science club, has participated in Destination
Imagination competitions and plays trombone in Bay High’s Marching Band.
He has also been involved in Boy Scouts.
Carter White plans to attend either Northwestern or Miami of Ohio and
major in business management or analytics. He is not sure what he wants
for a career as long as it is something that is interesting enough so
that he truly enjoys his work. He has been a member of the Rockets
football team, plays lacrosse and recreation center basketball. He is a
member of the National Honor Society and Model UN.
“This is a great accomplishment for these young men,” said Jason Martin, principal at Bay High. “We are very proud of them.”