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St. Agnes Academy Seniors Earn National Merit Honors

[caption id="attachment_3979" align="alignright" width="200"]SAA Seniors Abby Heck & Allison Raney SAA Seniors Abby Heck & Allison Raney[/caption]

SAA Students Place Top 5 Percent of More than 1.6 Million

MEMPHIS, TN - Congratulations to St. Agnes Academy seniors Abby Heck and Allison Raney, who have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Senior Abby Heck

Abby Heck is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. She has earned AP Scholar honors, granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. She is a four-year member of the Beta Club and served as President, and she is a member of the STEM Club and participates in the Star Connection Program. An exceptional golfer, Abby has competed as a member of the SAA Stars golf team since she was in eighth grade. She is a two-time state champion. She has been named a Best of the Preps Finalist for four years and named Golfer of the Year for two years. Abby competed in the 2016 US Girls Junior Championship advancing to the Round of 64. She was named to the American Junior Golf Association 2015 Junior All-Star Team and was the 2015 Bubba Conlee National Junior Champion. Abby has committed to play golf at the University of Notre Dame where she plans to study Pre-Med.

Senior Allison Raney

Allison Raney is the captain of the St. Agnes Mathletes team and Vice President of the STEM Club. During the summer of 2016 she was one of only 40 students accepted to the prestigious Tennessee Governor's School for Computational Physics at Austin Peay State University. During this three-week camp she studied college level topics combining physics, calculus and computer science and visited the National Space Science Technology Center, a part of NASA, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Allison is a member of the National Honor Society and National English Honors Society. She serves as the President of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society as well as Treasurer & Secretary of the National Latin Honors Society. She earned AP Scholar with Distinction recognition, which is granted to students who receive an average of 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and at least a 3 on five or more exams. Allison has played the violin for nine years, and she has been a member of the Memphis Youth String Orchestra and the St. Agnes Ensemble. She is a four-year member of the SAA Trap Team. Allison plans to study Physics and Computer Science in college.

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