Two Spartans become semi-finalists for National Merit scholarship

By Seth Hochman
Co-Editor In Chief

Two of North Springs’ brightest, seniors Lucas Capps and Veronica Sondervan, have recently become National Merit semi-finalists. National Merit is a program that gives out annually millions of dollars based on scores gotten on the PSAT as a junior. Sondervan and Capps will have to meet a few more requirements to become finalists for the scholarship, which if received, will give each student a few thousand dollars for college.

Sondervan’s main interests lie in science, but she still enjoys other subjects. Sondervan has an impressive record in school with her being an AP Scholar with distinction, an award that signifies high scores on AP exams, but she excels out of the classroom with her being involved in a multitude of extracurricular activities at North Springs and work. Sondervan is an active member in the Computer Science Club, Science Olympiad, and Science Bowl. She has also participated in science fair once so far at North Springs as a freshman, and she plans to participate this year as well as a senior. Her freshman project did quite well receiving the award for the best freshman project, the Steven C. Fowler Emerging Scientist Award. Sondervan has also done some work outside of school with her working at the Fernbank museum as a volunteer and an aid at the USDA as a Wallace-Carver fellow. One of her most significant accomplishments is her selection as a delegate at the World Food Prize Global Institute, one of the only one hundred fifty students in the entire nation. In terms of college, Sondervan wants to go to a college that has “good scholarships, lots of science research, and snow”.

Capps is not just involved in the academics, but he plays for the North Springs varsity baseball team. He has played on the team for the last few years playing a few different positions including pitching for the team. In the classroom, his biggest passion is physics. He wants to pursue this interest and other interests in math and science at either Cal Tech or Stanford. He is involved heavily in Future Business Leaders of America, FBLA, and also an organization outside of school called Junior Achievement where students try to form a business. Capps’ business was very successful, winning the Junior Achievement National Company of the Year.

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