Wyoming Seminary recently awarded Upper School Merit Scholarships to three freshmen and two sophomore students, and two Henderson Scholarships to graduates of the Lower School.
Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, a freshman, received the first place, full tuition, four-year scholarship. The daughter of Drs. Abhijit and Mousumi Roy, she completed eighth grade at Abington Heights Middle School where she was a member of the orchestra, the ecology club and the MATHCOUNTS team, winning first place in the 2011 Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition. She plays the piano and violin, was a member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth for three years, competed in the regional Jeopardy! Kids Week Contest and won the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee in June.
Gordon Stewart Kiesling of New Canaan, Conn., a sophomore, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Stewart Kiesling, received a partial, four-year scholarship. He completed ninth grade at the New Canaan Country School, where he was active on his school’s disciplinary board, jazz band, theater and cross-country team.
Celine Guichardan of Drums, a freshman, received a partial, four-year scholarship. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Guichardan, she completed eighth grade at the Drums Elementary/Middle School where she received the American Legion School Award and the Outstanding Academic Excellence Award. She served as president of her school’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, participated in MATHCOUNTS competitions and the Pa. Junior Academy of Science, and was her school’s representative and writer for a weekly local newspaper column. She also plays the piano and softball and studies karate.
Lauren Larar of Waverly, a sophomore, received a partial, four-year scholarship. The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Larar, she completed ninth grade at Abington Heights High School, where she took part in the gifted program and was named to the honor roll. She also has been named to the National Society for Gifted and Talented and the NASA Endeavor Program, and received an award for religious writing. A member of the student council, she participated in field hockey and track and field and was active in SADD, the yearbook committee, FBLA and S.O.N.; she also served as captain for the school’s Relay for Life team.
Locchanan Sreeharikesan of Scranton, a freshman, received a partial, four-year scholarship. The son of Dr. and Mrs. S. Sreeharikesan, he completed eighth grade at Moses Brown School in Providence, R. I. and was active in the band and theater. He also competed on the tennis and swim teams.
Madison Nardone of Shavertown and Joseph-John Simons, IV of Kingston, both graduates of the Lower School, received the Henderson Scholarships. Nardone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mario Nardone, was active in the Lower School yearbook committee and co-chaired a diabetes walk at the school. She also studies the piano and plays tennis.
Simons, son of Dr. Joseph Simons and Ms. Godoleva Ayaldave-Simons, was a member of the drama group The Lower School Players and was active in the science research group. He also was a member of the cross country team and served as Blue Team leader.
The Merit Scholarship Exam program recognizes the exceptional academic talent of eighth- and ninth-graders from schools other than Wyoming Seminary. The winners are chosen on the basis of their performance on a competitive exam, interviews and teacher recommendations. Wyoming Seminary awards one full-tuition and up to nine partial scholarships each year.
The 2012 Wyoming Seminary Upper School Merit Scholarship Exam will be given on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Upper School campus in Kingston.
Seen during a reception for the Upper School Merit Scholarship and Henderson Scholarship winners are, first row from left: Celine Guichardan, Drums; Locchanan Sreeharikesan, Scranton; and Joseph-John Simons IV, Kingston. Second row, from left: Sukanya Roy, South Abington Township; Lauren Larar, Waverly; and Madison Nardone, Shavertown. Not present for photo: Gordon Stewart Kiesling, New Canaan, Conn.