Six members of the class of 2012 have been named National Merit Semifinalists. They include: Ariana Bhatia, Ben Diaz, Hunter Johnstone, Andrea Shen, Matthew Stevens, and Arwah Yaqub. These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finals level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrant in each state.
Senior Ben Diaz was one of three students in Illinois to earn a perfect score on the 2010 PSAT-NMSQT.
Adaobi Okoli was named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Additionally, nine members of the Class of 2012 earned a Commended Student recognition from the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Sarah Clark, Laura Davey, Spencer Friske, Carolyn Gillette, Adam Mills, Adaobi Okoli, Alexander Pankhurst, Grace Robinson, and Jeanine Varilla. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition.
Lake Forest Academy has launched a mobile app for its alumni. Available in the Apple Apps store and Android marketplace by searching for LFA Alumni Connect.