Bay High National Merit Scholars

Phillip Lally, Shawn Simko; back row--Carter White, and National Merit Semi-finalist Will Huntington.

Phillip Lally, Shawn Simko; back row–Carter White, and National Merit Semi-finalist Will Huntington.

Bay High senior Will Huntington has been named a National Merit Semi-finalist. Huntington has earned the prestigious academic distinction with his score on the 2015 Preliminary SAT (PSAT). The nationwide pool of semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of the 1.6 million students from 22,000 U.S. high school who take the PSAT in their junior year. The number of semi-finalists is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

In addition, three Bay High seniors qualified as Commended Students scoring in the top five percent of test takers nationwide: Phillip Lally, Shawn Simko, and Carter White.

Will Huntington plans to major in economics and has narrowed down his choice of schools to Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Harvard and Yale. The Rockets baseball player would like to coach baseball as a teacher, but he also has a strong interest in the nonprofit world. He has been his school’s leader each year organizing the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. “I’ve been involved with St. Baldrick’s, shaving my head, since seventh-grade,” he said, and noted that he will be leading the effort again this year at Bay High. He has held leadership positions in Bay High’s Youth Philanthropy Fellowship, and Student Council. He has volunteered with Bay High’s PAL group assisting students with special needs, as a cook at Village Project, and as a tutor and mentor at Cleveland Boys and Girls clubs. He is a member of National Honor Society. He has also travelled to Kentucky with the Appalachian Service Project work on repairing homes of low income people.

Phillip Lally plans to attend the University of Notre Dame and major in English. He would like to be a writer, either as a news journalist or perhaps a writer of fiction. He has served as president of Bay High’s A Cappella Choir and vice president of Bay High’s Thespian Society. He has served three years on Student Council, is a member of Bay High’s Choraleers and is part of his school’s Academic Challenge team.

Shawn Simko is undecided about where he will attend college, but he is very sure he will major in physics. He would like to be a professor of physics or a researcher. He is a member of his school’s Academic Challenge team, science club, has participated in Destination Imagination competitions and plays trombone in Bay High’s Marching Band. He has also been involved in Boy Scouts.

Carter White plans to attend either Northwestern or Miami of Ohio and major in business management or analytics. He is not sure what he wants for a career as long as it is something that is interesting enough so that he truly enjoys his work. He has been a member of the Rockets football team, plays lacrosse and recreation center basketball. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Model UN.

“This is a great accomplishment for these young men,” said Jason Martin, principal at Bay High. “We are very proud of them.”

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