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Northwood senior is National Merit semi-finalist

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Lily Smith, a senior at Northwood High School, is a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. She is one of approximately 16,000 students nationwide to reach the semi-finalist level of the competition. She is the daughter of David Smith and Susan Strozier.

The National Merit Scholarship program began in 1955 and recognizes academic excellence.

Smith is eligible for the scholarship consideration based PSAT scores. She is in the top five percent of the Class of 2006. As a semi-finalist, Smith is now completing an essay about her accomplishments.

Smith is a member of the Art Club, French Club, and Spanish Club. She attended Governor's School as a rising junior in the area of art. Smith has played soccer and tennis as a Northwood student. She is a member of the Acting Ensemble and has taken theatre courses throughout her high school career. Last spring she played Lady Rowena in the Northwood production of Once Upon a Mattress, a musical based on The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson.

“Northwood is proud to have yet another National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. Lily is one of the loveliest, brightest, and most humble young ladies I have met,” said Susan Marshall, head guidance counselor at Northwood.

Smith hopes to start a Habitat for Humanity Club and Darfur awareness campaign this year at Northwood. Next year, as a university student, she will consider majoring in either cinematography or social work.

Smith, along with Siler Bryan & Matt Russell, are this year's Northwood nominees for the Morehead Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill.

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