Parr commended for National Merit performance

Authored by Jim Langham on Sep 30, 2013

South Adams senior Zach Parr knew that he had scored well in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, but he didn’t realize that he had finished in the top five percent out of 1.5 million students nationally who had entered the competition until he was called in the high school office and recognized by high school principal Trent Lehman.
“I knew that I had done well because Mr. Ruppert (guidance counselor) had told me, but I didn’t realize that it was in the top five percent,” said Parr following recognition by Lehman in the office on Friday. “I feel pretty good; I hope that I will be able to accomplish something through this.”
Parr said that even though he had scored well in the entire program, his strongest academic accomplishments usually fall in math and science-based subjects. He credited his success with the scholarship program to the amount of time he spent on the computer taking programming classes to help with the program.
Lehman told Parr on Friday that he was privileged to present a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program.
“About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise,” Lehman said. “Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, they have placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition.”
“The young men and women being named ‘commended students’ have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” Lehman continued.
The letter of commendation stated that the students recognized represent a valuable resource and the purpose of the recognition was to call to attention the key role their schools play in their academic development.
“We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success,” noted the recognition letter.
Parr said that his goal is to attend Ball State University or Ivy Tech and major in computer science with the hopes of landing employment in the software development field.
“All of my life I have been interested in the technical field,” said Parr. “I have always loved computers; I have always wanted a job in that field.
“I hope to be able to program projects for big companies or work programs involved with video games,” continued Parr.
When he isn’t studying, Parr enjoys being involved with the high school band or participating in the church quiz team at First Missionary.

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