The Dunham School has announced that senior Ciara Venable has been named a National Merit Semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, senior Tre Landaiche has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Student.
“We are so proud of these students and all that they continue to achieve. They are gifted students who maximize their potential with an unparalleled work ethic,” said Director of Upper School Amanda McIlwain. “These outstanding seniors embody the pursuit of excellence in all things which we value greatly at Dunham.” Ciara, the daughter of Karen and the late Joseph E. Venable Jr., has been a Dunham student since kindergarten. With her eyes set on an undergraduate degree in finance followed by law school, Ciara’s top college choices include Vanderbilt University, LSU Honors College and University of Louisiana Lafayette Honors College.
“Dunham has taught me who I am. As I’ve walked through my years since kindergarten, Dunham has helped me to find my identity in Christ. As I step out into the bigger world, I know that I will be able to stand firm in my faith and have those honest conversations that come with that,” Ciara said.
As one of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, Ciara now joins a select group of academically talented high school seniors who have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $31 million that will be offered in Spring 2020.