Erin Hovendon ’22 named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Greyson Henry ’22 recognized as Commended Student

Carolina Day School student Erin Hovendon ’22 has been named as a Semifinalist in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring students in each state on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which they took as juniors. As a Semifinalist, Erin is now eligible to continue in the competition for scholarships and designation as a Merit Scholar®. Finalists will be notified in February 2022, and winners will be announced between April and July 2022.

Erin has attended Carolina Day since Pre-K, and excels academically, athletically, and artistically. Among her many accomplishments, she has been honored as a member of the NHSCA Academic All-American First Team in 2020-21; received the Richard Washburn, Jr. award for best underclassman student athlete in grades 9, 10, and 11;  and has received numerous Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She is a high achieving multi-sport athlete; member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, SLAMM (Society of Literature, Art, Music, and Media); and National Honor Society. Erin serves on student government and the school’s YouBelong Student Advisory Board and contributes abundantly to community service projects and advocacy groups. 

“Carolina Day's supportive environment motivates me to work hard on academic assignments and simultaneously gives me room to pursue my individual interests and goals,” said Erin. “I've really enjoyed taking science classes, especially AP Environmental Science this year and Microbiology, Genetics, and AP Physics in the past, because STEM classes often have a hands-on laboratory component and I learn information relevant to current events. I also love to write creatively in my free time. I hope to study environmental science and get involved with research in college, and I'd also love to study abroad to be immersed in Spanish language and culture.”

Greyson Henry ’22 received recognition as a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are eligible for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.