Three Portland High Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Three Portland High School seniors - Lucy Bauer, Alison Savage and Tatum Gale - have been named semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The semifinalists were chosen based on their high scores on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Annually, 1.5 million students throughout the U.S. take the test, and 16,000 are selected to become semifinalists. They have the opportunity to compete over the coming months to qualify for more than 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million.
Lucy Bauer, daughter of David Bauer and Martha Spong, is a member of the National Honor Society, chorus, Environmental Club and Asian Student Association at Portland High. Outside of school, she participates in the girls’ choir, Musica de Filia. In last year’s Classics Association of New England annual writing contest, her essay, “Gladiatrice,” won first place in Maine. Lucy is planning to study English and Japanese and hopes to pursue a career in teaching.
Alison Savage, daughter of Bruce and Anne Savage, is a member of the Portland High Math Team and the Great Atlantic Speedskating Club. She also participates in soccer and the arts. Her voluntary commitments include the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and Maine Medical Center. Alison hopes to pursue a degree in visual art.
Tatum Gale, son of Jon and Nori Gale, is a member of the Portland High Jazz Band, National Honor Society, track and varsity football teams. He is captain of the football team. Tate also serves as co-president of the Portland High Key Club and vice president of Student Council. He served as a math tutor at Presumpscot Elementary School and volunteers at the Preble Street Resource Center.