By: Jack Rose
As many of you know, Lusher Charter School is lucky enough to be the host of six National Merit Commended Scholars, placing in the top 3% of all students who took the PSAT last October. Fewer than 50,000 out of 1.6 million kids across the nation get that award. The students were Corey Bivens, Samuel Flemington, Caitlin Kennedy, Tappan O’Reilly, Rohan Padmakumar, and Miles Tisserand.
While that is an amazing honor on its own, Lusher is even luckier to house eight National Merit semi-finalists: Grace Cajski, Dorothy-Rui DelNero Corrigan, Camden Dyer, Carl LeBoeuf, Amaris Lewis, Adam Poche, Autumn Routt, and Claire Ryan. Grace Cajski says, “I'm proud of myself! I work really hard to be a good student, and it's gratifying, and relieving, to see it pay off.“
Being a National Merit semifinalist means that these eight students placed in the top 1% of all students who took the test. Last year, Lusher had one commended scholar and one semi-finalist. Out of 152 kids in the graduating class alone, 14 of them received some sort of recognition for their work. When asked about how it felt to be recognized for her hard work, Claire Ryan said, “It feels great. It really does. I worked really hard [on the PSAT], so seeing my hard work pay off feels amazing. When I found out, I was like #yeet.”