LYNDON CENTER -- Headmaster Daren Houck recently announced that Lyndon Institute senior Shaylyn Clancy has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was awarded to Shaylyn during the school's Assembly.
"Shaylyn is truly an extraordinary young woman. I am, of course, proud of her academic achievement and commendation. However, beyond her studies, Shaylyn is just as capable as a citizen and leader of Lyndon Institute. She will find success," said Houck.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQTÂ®).
"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of education excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
The Commended Student award is one of several academic awards received by Clancy including the St. Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement and Social Conscience, the Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit for Highest Honor in Science and Mathematics, and the Rensselaer Medal Award, which is a minimum $60,000 scholarship to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with Honor, an award granted to students who achieve grades of 3.0 or higher on at least four full-year AP Exams, and whose average AP Exam grade is at least 3.25.
Many members of the community recognize Shaylyn's passion for the fine and performing arts appearing as an actor in several theatrical productions for Lyndon Institute and the Vermont Children's Theater. She is also a member of the LI Select Chorus.
She has represented Lyndon Institute as a member of the Northeast District Festival Chorus (three times) and the Vermont All State Chorus (twice). She received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and attended the American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls State, where she was treasurer-Elect at the state level.
Shaylyn is the daughter of Emily and the late Matthew Clancy of Danville.