Willimantic, CT, Sept. 25, 2017 - A student at EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
ACT senior and audio/visual major Elizabeth Halbert of Willimantic, placed among the top scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Students qualify for commendation based on their PSAT Selection Index scores which are calculated by doubling the sum of the reading, writing and language, and math test scores.
“These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of education excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for The National Merit® Scholarship Program.
“I can always find something interesting and engaging about any topic,” said Halbert. “I also prioritize my education and make sure I do all of my work. I was really surprised I received this award. I’ve always worked hard and I didn’t expect to be recognized for it. My parents have had high expectations of me, but I’m also just responsible and want to reach my goals.”
Halbert’s career plans include becoming an animator for Pixar and making stories for kids. She is currently looking at colleges.
“Elizabeth is a highly driven and very bright student,” said Audio/Visual and Technology Education teacher Dan Boisvert. “She has incredible skills in 3D modeling, which is a very complex process.”
ACT, a performing arts magnet high school, offers students from nearly two-dozen towns across eastern Connecticut daily access to creative experiences through a rigorous curriculum that integrates the performing arts with more traditional academic high school subjects. Visit www.eastconn.org/act to learn more.
EASTCONN, which administers ACT, is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.