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Scecina Senior is National Merit Scholarship Finalist

2015 National Merit Scholarship finalist, senior Kennedy Bouvier

2015 National Merit Scholarship finalist, senior Kennedy Bouvier

Scecina is proud to have a 2015 National Merit Scholarship finalist. Senior Kennedy Bouvier is one of just 15,000 students around the country to win this honor. Kennedy and the other finalists scored in the top 1 percent on the 2013 preliminary SAT (PSAT), which is the scholarship’s qualifying test.

He will learn later in the spring whether he will become a National Merit Scholar, joining the ranks of notables such as former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, now president of Purdue University; Microsoft founder Bill Gates; and Jeff Bezos, founder of and owner of the Washington Post.

Kennedy plans to major in Mechanical Engineering in college with hopes to enter either the auto racing or the automotive engineering industry. He credits his teachers at Scecina for helping him earn such high academic honors.

“I love it here at Scecina,” said Kennedy. “I’ve got such a personal relationship with my teachers here that it will be a big step going to college. Moving off to college is scary but exciting.”

Kennedy began studying Latin at The Oaks Academy, and continued taking Latin in high school at Scecina, where he is in his sixth year of the language. “My SAT scores were hugely influenced by the Latin I took here and at The Oaks,” he said.

Kennedy keeps busy with activities at Scecina. He will participate in the spring musical again and in past years was on the swim team, including serving as captain during his junior year.

He has narrowed down his college search to three schools: IUPUI, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. “I’m a huge Irish fan,” he said, “but other than that, I don’t have a preference.”

Kennedy learned last week by mail that he was National Merit Finalist. Scecina also was alerted, and President Joe Therber and Principal John Hegarty awarded him his certificate at the Ash Wednesday school Mass.

The National Merit Scholarship uses more information about each student to decide upon the 7,600 students who will become National Merit Scholars from among the finalists. Another 1,300 National Merit Program participants who are outstanding students but not chosen as finalists are awarded Special Scholarships by corporations and business organizations. The National Merit Program will be notifying students from March through mid-June about finalist status. More information about the National Merit Scholarship Program is available at

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