Shelton students shine

February 22, 2018 by  

Shelton schools have two female students making headlines in this month.

A senior at Shelton High is a 2018 Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Guidance Curriculum leader Kathleen Riddle and Headmaster Beth Smith awarded Saumya Shah with the certificate. She entered the competition last year along with over 1.5 million juniors going to around 22,000 schools.

Students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test of 2016 to enter the program. After a screening process, semifinalists account for fewer than one from every 100 United States seniors. Finalists must have the endorsement of their principal, an exceptional academic record, and an SAT score equal or better than their PSAT. National Merit Scholarships equal over $36m, and the winners of them will hear back between April and July.

In addition, nine-year-old Lia Montiero has raised over $5,000 for Jump Rope for Heart. The Shelton fourth grader has sold tickets to raffle off prizes donated by local businesses and international corporations such as Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, PEZ Candy, and Jones Winery. According to Lia’s mother, she learned through this experience that businesses and the community are willing to support a cause she believes in. Her school, which ranked in the top five in Connecticut in 2017, hopes to raise over $19,000 in total.

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