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Four Students Receive Letters of Commendation from National Merit Program
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Four Students Receive Letters of Commendation from National Merit Program

Four students from two District schools were named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

From Central High School, seniors India Ruemmele and Alayna Williams achieved this distinction. Both Ms. Ruemmele and Ms. Williams have outstanding academic backgrounds, including involvement in Central's International Baccalaureate Program and taking Advanced Placement classes. They also have both been recognized as leaders among their peers, participating in such organizations and activities as Key Club, National Honor Society, Book Club, and One Act productions.

Both students have volunteered as tutors to elementary school students through the PALS program, and both are longtime dancers. Ms. Ruemmele has participated in dance programs with the Nashville Ballet and Orlando Ballet, and Ms. Williams has participated in the popular Middle Georgia Nutcracker production.

From Rutland High School, seniors Matthew Harper and Tanner Smalling also achieved this distinction. Both Mr. Harper and Mr. Smalling have each taken numerous Advanced Placement courses over their high school careers. Among them are Advanced Placement courses in Macroeconomics, Statistics, American Government, and World History.

Mr. Harper is a talented musician, playing both the violin and the trumpet. He is a member of the Hurricanes Marching Band and the Honor Band Ensemble. He has also won first place at the Georgia Tech Alice Competition for Video Game Design.

Mr. Smalling currently participates in the dual enrollment program at Macon State College where he takes English/Literature. For the past two summers, he has participated in the Youth Apprenticeship Program at Robins Air Force Base. Through this program, he was employed for six-week periods learning about Base logistics. He is also a member of the Rutland High School soccer team.

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