Tom Sheridan, senior of Alpena High, named semifinalist of national merit | News, Sports, Jobs
ALPENA – Since elementary school, Thomas Sheridan has always devoted himself to his studies.
His dedication to the school paid off recently when Sheridan – a high school student from Alpena – was named a semi-finalist in the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He is one of some 16,000 students from across the country lucky enough to win 7,500 scholarships worth nearly $ 30 million.
Sheridan has a GPA above 4.0 due to the advanced courses he takes. Sheridan said it was an honor to place himself so high and hopes he can progress again when the peloton is reduced to around 15,000 students.
To earn a place as a semi-finalist, a student must have an outstanding academic record, be approved by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the results of a qualifying test.
Sheridan said he loved school and always did well. He is preparing to attend Michigan Tech University or the University of Michigan in the field of Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering.
He said that since he attended elementary school he has worked hard to get good grades. He said he loved school and his favorite subjects were math and science. He admitted, even though he knew he had a high score, he was somewhat shocked when principal Romeo Bourdage called him into the office and broke the news that he was a semi-finalist.
He thanked the Alpena public school system, its teachers, family and friends for their support.
“I had fantastic teachers from elementary school to high school,” he said.
To achieve such high marks, Sheridan does his fair share of schooling, but like other children his age, he has many interests outside of the classroom.
He is involved in the Alpena Youth Sailing Club, where he competes, and instructs the younger ones on Yngling yachts and cross country. He is also a member of the school’s robotics team training team.
“I also built my own computer,” he added.
Sheridan is not the only one in his family to succeed in his studies. Her father, Steve, is a doctor, and her mother, Meredith – who was also a semi-finalist in the Merit Scholarship Program in the 1990s – is a dentist.
Bourdage said being named a semi-finalist is a great honor for Sheridan, an honor that carries a lot of weight when applying for college admission.
“Basically you just enrolled in a Division I school and that’s what we treasure at our school. Students who participate in multiple activities, who understand what commitment is, not only to family and community, but also to schools, ”he said. “His education is of value to him and I think this is reflected in the hard work he does and in his involvement in the community.”
Sheridan will learn if he becomes a finalist in February, and winners will be announced in phases next year starting in April and ending in July.