Baton Rouge student named National Merit finalist


Photo courtesy of the Dunham School.

The National Merit Scholarship Program named a senior at the Dunham School in Baton Rouge a finalist for the award.

Student Ciara Venable was recognized as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, as she has a 4.38 grade point average and serves as the school’s publicity prefect, according to Dunham’s director of communications, Phyllis Alexander.

Venable is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, the Institute of Leadership, the French Club and Dunham’s cross country and track teams, Alexander wrote.

“I am extremely proud of Ciara and all of her many accomplishments,” Upper School Director Amanda McIlwain said. “Her outstanding work ethic in the classroom, dynamic leadership within our school community, and her compassion for others are just a few of her amazing traits.”

After graduation, Venable plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in finance and then go to law school, according to Alexander.

“Dunham has shaped me by helping me to develop strong connections with my teachers and providing me with the sense that I can accomplish anything,” Venable said.

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