Two FHHS Class of 2016 Graduates Among National Merit Scholarship Winners

Posted on 08/24/2016

Graduating high school becomes an even more exciting life event when students not only finally receive their diploma, but also the news of winning a scholarship. Two of Francis Howell High School’s (FHHS) graduating seniors, Grant Morey and Elise Kaminski, were allowed to celebrate twice, as they were among 800 students to win scholarships, given out by the National Merit Scholarship Coordination (NMSC).  

After the 16,000 semi-finalists were announced in the fall of 2015, a total of 3,000 students won college-sponsored awards last month.

One of those winners is FHHS’ Grant T. Morey who will attend the University of Tulsa. During his time at FHHS, he not only showed hard work in his classes, but also great effort in school engagement. As Senior class president, he was one of only two students of the 458 FHHS seniors to graduate with an impressive GPA of 4.86.

His hard work is well reflected in the long list of achievements, as the National Merit scholarship is not the only recognition he received in his high school career. Morey is also a member of the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) Top 100 students, as well as a National Honor Society member. Additionally, he was a member of the Mu Alpha Theta math club, as well as a member of the Varsity Scholar Bowl District champions.

David Wedlock, FHHS principal, is proud of Morey’s achievements and described him as a delightful student.

“He’s a wonderfully thoughtful person with a keen interest in learning and sharing positive experiences with his classmates,” Wedlock said.

“We are so proud of Grant’s commitment to excellence and his accomplishments,” Wedlock said. “He serves as a wonderful inspiration to all of us of what can be accomplished through consistent hard work, resilience, and confidence in the ability to be successful.”

Another student who received funds based on National Merit scores is Elise Kaminski, who also graduated from FHHS this year. Kaminski scored a remarkable score of 36 on the ACT and held a 4.81 GPA. She said to get ready to start a successful career, she is “interested in building a strong foundation for future educational and career opportunities, while also developing clear morals and strength of character.”

Wedlock explained that through her determination and hard work, Kaminski has been an inspiration not only to her fellow students, but to everyone at FHHS.

“Elise possesses an inspiring and rare combination of academic excellence and intellectual courage,” Wedlock said. “She is continually willing to try new things, imagine what might be true, and think from diverse perspectives in pursuit of the best possible academic experiences. This positive growth over immediate result energized many of her peers and FHHS staff members while making great contributions to our learning community.”

Kaminski was also a member of Scholar Bowl, and was part of the Metro honors choir and FHHS’ women’s chamber choir. She has also served as an honorary Board of Education student representative last year.

FHSD is proud of these outstanding students congratulates Morey and Kaminski on the recognition.



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