The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced the names of
30 St. Louis-area high school students who received $2,000 merit
awards in this year's competition.
The students are among about 2,000 seniors nationwide receiving
scholarships in the third group of winners announced this year.
This group's single-payment awards, which are allocated on a state
representational basis, are mostly supported by unrestricted merit
program funds. The recipients were chosen from a field of about
The first group of winners - National Merit Achievement awards,
and corporate-sponsored scholarship winners - were announced last
month. Most college-sponsored scholarship winners will be announced
later this month.
Students selected for the scholarship received high scores in
1992 on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude qualifying Test. They
also were recommended by their high school principals or guidance
counselors, and a team of national judges chose winners that showed
the greatest potential for success in college and afterward.
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is an independent,
nonprofit organization that has been awarding scholarships since
1955. The scholarships are financed by about 600 independent
organizations throughout the country.
Following are this area's winners, listed by high school.
Awards are supported by unrestricted merit program funds, including
grants from corporate and business organizations, unless otherwise
DAVID T. POTERE, 18, son of Lt. Col. Thomas P. and Gay Lee
Potere of Swansea. Potere will attend Harvard University and major
in applied mathematics and physics. High school awards and
activities include: Illinois State Scholar; varsity and junior
varsity state debate champion; Eagle Scout; varsity cross country;
state science fair qualifier; Century III Leadership national
MARTHA J. PARK, 18, daughter of Dr. Tae Sung Park and Hyun Sook
Kim of Clayton. Park will attend Harvard University and major in
American literature. High school awards and activities include:
cultural awareness club founder and president; Leaf president;
community service club president; literary magazine editor; field
hockey; history day state winner; student government secretary.
SARAH A. BIERMAN, 18, daughter of Sidney and Marilyn Bierman of
Richmond Heights. Bierman will attend Columbia University and major
in biological research and education. High school awards and
activities include: community service club vice president of
program coordination; Yale book award; high school outreach
program; United Synagogue Youth chapter president; basketball team;
peer teacher; spirit club; cultural awareness club.
KERITH L. LUCCO, 17, daughter of Bill and Susan Lucco of
Edwardsville. Lucco plans to attend Stanford University and major
in biology. High school awards and activities include:
co-valedictorian; band; stage band; orchestra; all-state band;
drama club; International Thespian Society; math team; Junior
Engineering Technical Society team; Appalachia service project.
FORT ZUMWALT SOUTH
DAVID E. SAFF, 17, son of Charles and Betty Saff of St. Peters.
Saff will attend Washington University and major in computer
science. High school awards and activities include: valedictorian;
band; speech team; Quiz Bowl team; math team; church youth group
leadership team; junior class treasurer; Missouri Scholars' Academy.
DANIELLE E. McCARTHY, 18, daughter of Dr. John and Teri
McCarthy of Frontenac and Jack Kennebeck of Frontenac. McCarthy's
award is sponsored by BP America Inc. She plans to attend Yale
University. High school awards and activities include: faculty and
community committee co-chairperson; student congress; French club
activities co-director; St. Louis Effort for AIDS volunteer;
student director and playwright; drama club and thespian troupe
vice president; sixth-grade camp counselor. …