Seniors Named 2022 National Merit Commended Students

Left to Right: Maureen Stonesifer, School Counselor; Margo Bruce, Principal; Rachel Warden; Mackenzie Swain; Chris Roberson, School Counselor

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Left to Right: Maureen Stonesifer, School Counselor; Margo Bruce, Principal; Rachel Warden; Mackenzie Swain; Chris Roberson, School Counselor

Jocelynne Hagan, Senior Editor

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FCHS seniors Mackenzie Swain and Rachel Warden have been Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Mackenzie Swain is a Governor’s Early College Scholar and a member of Beta Club.  She enjoys dog sitting, parks and rec softball, reading, baking, and excels at art.  She is also working at starting a new club at school.

Rachel Warden is in the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School, an AP Capstone candidate, and a Governor’s Early College Scholar candidate.  She is a Student Government Association secretary this year.  She is a member of Beta Club, YOVASO Club Vice President, and Political Awareness Club Vice President.  Rachel runs varsity track and has competed at the state level.  She is a dietary aide and volunteer at Our Lady of Peace, pet and babysits, and enjoys playing the piano.

For additional information about PSAT testing at the High School, contact Angie Blevins, School Testing Coordinator at [email protected] or 434-589-3666.

For additional information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, contact Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance, at [email protected] or 434-589-8208.