LPS celebrates student scholars
Date: Monday, May 21, 2012
Littleton Public Schools celebrates its student scholars;
13 seniors honored by Board of Education for their academic achievements
At its regularly scheduled meeting on May 10, 2012, the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education celebrated the impressive academic achievements of 13 members of the Class of 2012. Members of their families were in attendance, as well. Traditionally, each senior class is offered about $30 million in college scholarships. The Class of 2012 will be no exception, as these 13 students alone were offered at least a half-million dollars among them.
These students participate in many extracurricular activities while maintaining outstanding grade point averages with numerous honors, advanced placement and international baccalaureate classes under their belts.
Pablo Alvarez, Littleton High School, Goddard Middle School. National Merit Hispanic Recognition Scholar. Plans to attend Cornell University, may study engineering.
Chip Bollendonk, Littleton High School, Goddard Middle School, Wilder Elementary School. Boettcher Scholar. National Merit Special Scholarship recipient. Plans to attend University of Colorado-Boulder.
Justin Bribiesca, Arapahoe High School, Powell Middle School. National Achievement Scholar. Plans to attend Carthage College.
Melissa Chang, Arapahoe High School, Newton Middle School, Ames Elementary School. National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Plans to attend California Institute of Technology to study physics.
Logan Crum, Arapahoe High School, Newton Middle School, Lenski Elementary School. National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Paul Friedrich, Arapahoe High School, Powell Middle School, Franklin Elementary School. National Merit Scholarship Finalist & Presidential Scholar Candidate. Perfect score on the SAT. Plans to attend Williams College to study economics.
Katie Hatstat, Arapahoe High School, Littleton Preparatory Charter School. National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Plans to attend Rhodes College to study neuroscience.
Reine Ibala, Littleton High School. National Merit Scholarship Finalist & National Achievement Scholar. Plans to attend Yale to study molecular, cellular, and developmental biology.
Bridget Louis, Arapahoe High School, Powell Middle School, Franklin Elementary School. Presidential Scholar Candidate, perfect score on the ACT. Plans to attend Whitworth University to study secondary education or nursing.
Bennett McIntosh, Heritage High School, Euclid Middle School, Franklin Elementary School. National Merit Scholar, Boettcher Scholar Semifinalist, & Presidential Scholar Candidate. Perfect score on the SAT. Plans to attend Princeton University to study molecular biology.
Tres Pittman, Littleton High School. National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Plans to attend Stanford University.
Bernardo Trindade, Arapahoe High School. National Achievement Scholar. Plans to attend Colorado School of Mines.
Jacob West-Roberts, Arapahoe High School. National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Plans to attend University of Colorado-Boulder to study chemical engineering.
Last fall, an additional 24 LPS seniors were recognized as National Merit Commended Scholars.
National Merit Scholars are chosen from an elite pool of National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Only about 8,000 seniors from across the nation are chosen as National Merit Scholars each spring based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. National Merit Scholarship Finalists are selected from the pool of Semifinalists. They must score in the top 1 percent on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and excel in extracurricular and community activities. Finalists nationwide are eligible for more than $30 million in college scholarships at colleges and universities in Colorado and throughout the U.S. Combined, 33 Littleton Public Schools seniors were chosen by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for these academic honors.
Boettcher Scholarships provide full tuition, fees, books and a living stipend for four years at any college or university in Colorado. Boettcher Scholars must rank in the top 5 percent of their class and score at least 1,200 out of a possible score of 1,600 on the SAT. Only 40 Colorado seniors are selected as Boettcher Scholars each year. Two seniors from Littleton Public Schools were selected to compete for these prestigious scholarships, one named a Semifinalist and one named a Boettcher Scholar.
Presidential Scholar Candidates
Only 43 seniors in Colorado were named Presidential Scholar Candidates. Participation in this program is by invitation only and is based on exceptional scores on the SAT or the ACT as well as outstanding academic achievement. Three seniors from Littleton Public Schools were invited to participate in this prestigious national scholarship program.
Pictured: front row from left to right: Katie Hatstat, Bridget Louis, Melissa Chang. Back row from left to right: Jacob West-Roberts, Paul Friedrich, Tres Pittman, Chip Bollendonk, Bennett McIntosh.