National Merit Scholar

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MANCHESTER — A Burr and Burton Academy graduating senior has been named a National Merit Scholar.

Parker J. Kulis of Manchester is one of just six Vermont students and one of about 7,600 across the nation to earn the prestigious honor, earning a $2,500 scholarship.

"Sometimes good things happen to those who really deserve it," said Mark Tashjian, headmaster of Burr and Burton Academy. "Such is the case here. Parker is an incredibly nice, thoughtful, hard-working kid who is a leader throughout the school."

Tashjian said BBA is proud of Kulis.

"He mentors ninth-graders, excels academically and is interested in the world," Tashjian said. "We are proud of his latest accomplishment as a National Merit Scholar."

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According to a press release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, "National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies."

The winners were chosen from an overall pool of 1.5 million students at 21,000 high schools who originally took the PSAT as juniors in October 2018.

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Last fall, the highest-scoring students in each state — about 16,000 students representing less than 1 percent of the nation's high school seniors — were named semifinalists.

From that group, 15,000 students met the very highest academic standards to become finalists.

The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.

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They looked at information submitted by the student and his high school, along with academic records, the difficulty of subjects studied and grade earned, along with SAT scores, contributions and leadership in school and community activities.

Each student submitted an essay and a high school official submitted a recommendation letter.

Among his many academic achievements, Kulis earned straight "A"s throughout his high school, took seven AP courses, and played 10 seasons of sports throughout his high school career. He also worked a three-week architectural internship in Washington, DC, the summer before his senior years.

Kulis is the son of Randi Lowe and Dave Kulis. plans to attend Syracuse and major in architecture.

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