Three Father Ryan Seniors Honored
by the National Merit Scholarship Program

Cooper Bond, of the Class of 2020, has been honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a National Merit Semifinalist. In addition, seniors Lily Rummo and George Mangialardi have been recognized as Commended Scholars.
Congratulations to these three! Click on their names below to read more about their accomplishments.
National Merit Finalist

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  • Cooper Bond

    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. Cooper is also a member of the National Honor Society. 
    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.

National Merit Commended Scholars

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  • Lily Rummo

    Lily Rummo '20 came to Father Ryan from Grassland Middle School and immediately appreciated the environment at Father Ryan, particularly the attention that the teachers pay to their students and lesson plans. Lily loves to expand her mind and try something new that may be outside her comfort zone. It was for this reason that she began taking French, and she is now taking AP French and is a member of the French language club, Cercle Francophone.

    In addition, Lily is taking AP Microeconomics, AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based and AP Psychology. She is a member of the Cum Laude Society, the Cardinal Newman Association and the Father Black Honor Society.

    Outside of the classroom, she is captain of the Girls Soccer Team. She plans to study criminal justice in college.

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  • George Mangialardi

    George Mangialardi '20 is a dedicated student with a deep passion for history, the subject he intends to pursue in college.

    An alumnus of St. Bernard Academy, George is currently taking two AP courses – Microeconomics and Psychology – and is finding the latter to be particularly interesting to him. He is a member of the Cardinal Newman Association and the Father Black Honor Society.

    Outside of the classroom, George loves Model UN, which combines his love of history and interest in politics, and he is one of the top runners on the Cross Country Team.

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.