Cooper has brought an academic and artistic curiosity to his experience at Father Ryan, exploring math and science as well as theatre and drawing. He is a Currey-Ingram graduate who is taking five AP courses this year – in studies such as Physics 2: Algebra-based, Computer Science Principles and Studio Art Drawing – and has previously completed three additional AP courses. He is a member of the Cardinal Newman Association, recognizing those Father Ryan students who have an ACT of 30 or higher or an SAT of 1390 or higher.
An active member of the Purple Masque Players’ tech crew and the Gardening Club, Cooper is also a writer, serving as a member of the Creative Writing Club and the Gadfly literary magazine.
Cooper says that even though he can’t point to one specific course or activity, he knows his experience at Father Ryan has made a significant and positive difference in his life. His future goals are to continue to explore his interests in the physical sciences while also working on developing his art. With the news about Cooper, Father Ryan now has had more than 190 students honored by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
About the National Merit Scholarship Program
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) – a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards set by the National Merit® Scholarship Program.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 308,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.