Story and Photo by Rosemary Leonetti.
Long Beach High School senior Caroline Walsh has been named a finalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Less than 1 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition qualified as finalists, based on their results in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT), according to the Long Beach School District. She is now eligible to compete for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in May.
Caroline has contributed to the success of her school through academics, community service and the arts. A member of the National Honor Society, she has participated in various tutoring and community service activities. Caroline is also active in her school’s science research program and has won awards at regional and international science competitions.
This summer she explored new fields of physics in a four-week residential program at Stanford University and also worked under professors at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine studying cancer and diabetes. She entered her research paper in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search.
Her love of acting has brought her to perform in musical productions at Long Beach High School and with the Long Beach Theatre Guild. She has also choreographed shows for the Long Beach Theatre Guild and the Spotlight Children’s Theater Academy in Long Beach.
Among her other extracurricular activities, she is a member of Model Congress, the Forensics Club and the Leo Lions Club.
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