Lake Ridge Academy Senior is Presidential Scholar Candidate and National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Lake Ridge Academy

Howell ColinLake Ridge Academy is proud to announce that Colin Howell, a senior and resident of Oberlin, Ohio, has been named a United States Presidential Scholar Candidate and a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.


Colin is one of only 3,900 candidates selected for the United States Presidential Scholar Program which is overseen by the United States Department of Education and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.  The program recognizes our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership, and service to school and community.   Mr. Howell will continue to the next stage of the formal U.S. Presidential Scholar finalist selection process, of which only 141 are named in May.  All finalists are invited to attend a White House-sponsored medallion presentation ceremony in June.


Mr. Howell has also been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, an accolade bestowed on only 15,000 graduating seniors in the United States. The National Merit Scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarship funds that began in 1955.  About 1.5 million juniors entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, from which the top 1% of scorers were name Semifinalists last fall. Finalist were determined by the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, evidence of leadership and any other honors or awards received.  National Merit Scholarship award winners will be announced in April.


Mr. Howell is an accomplished student at Lake Ridge Academy, where he will be valedictorian of this years’ graduating class of 2015.  He scored a perfect SAT test score in math and reading, and is a National AP Scholar.  He is active in many extracurricular activities on campus including serving as president of the Junior Statesman of America, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, and he is a varsity soccer player.

About Lake Ridge Academy
Lake Ridge Academy ( is an independent, nonsectarian day school offering co-educational classes from kindergarten through grade 12.  Founded in 1963, Lake Ridge Academy is committed to providing small class sizes and maintains an 8:1 student to teacher ratio.  Located on a beautiful 88 acre campus in North Ridgeville, Ohio, Lake Ridge Academy is the premier K-12 private college preparatory school on Cleveland’s west side.


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