West Feliciana High School Principal Jim Carroll presented senior Zoe Williamson with a letter of commendation in September after learning she had been named a commended student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
About 34,000 commended students throughout the U.S. have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise, and though they won’t continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a news release said.
Williamson, 17, is the daughter of Luke and Kati Williamson, of St. Francisville, and attends St. Francisville United Methodist Church. She is active in the Beta Club, participates on the mock trial team, plays piano and tennis, enjoys knitting and has a part-time job as a jewelry assistant at Grandmother’s Buttons.
“Being recognized as a National Merit commended scholar verifies that the diligence I put into my studies at West Feliciana High School will have a lasting impact on my future,” Williamson said.
Her plans after graduation are to attend LSU Ogden Honors College to study political communications through the Manship School of Mass Communication.