Three Rockbridge Academy students named National Merit Finalists!

by Angie Brennan

Each year, the National Merit Scholarship program commences with the PSAT/NMSQT test taken in October of the candidates’ junior year. Out of 1.6 million students, fewer than one percent are named Finalists. This year, Rockbridge Academy has three Finalists: seniors Nathan Ault, Alex Craig, and Annabel Mungan.

"Nathan is known for his wit and dry humor," said Rockbridge Academy upper school vice principal Kerry Anne Ward. "He is also a selfless leader who led by example on the cross country team." Nathan plans to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point next year.

Alex Craig has a true gift for math, says upper school math teacher Monica Leif. "He has done advanced college-level math formally as an independent study since 10th grade," she says. "Alex has written two original proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem, has over 100 digits of pi memorized, and can square three-digit numbers in his head. He is also a three-season athlete and is the most humble, servant-hearted person you could ever want to meet!"

Annabel is a cross country runner and the defense team leader in the Mock Trial elective. "She works tirelessly to help her teammates improve," says Ward, who also serves as the Mock Trial faculty advisor. "Annabel is willing to do the extra work required, whether practicing or researching, in order to have a better understanding of the trial."

Congratulations to these three hard-working students!