Compass student selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

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WESTMINSTER — Skye Rhomberg, a 12th-grader at the Compass School, has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

One of only 31 students in Vermont honored with this award, Rhomberg joins approximately 16,000 academically talented high school seniors nationwide who now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. National Merit Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Rhomberg is an exceptionally strong student who has been a leader at Compass throughout the years. He has been on Student Judiciary since 7th grade and was chosen for the Compass School Board of Directors last year. Rhomberg is an advanced math student who, after completing two years of calculus, studied one year of discreet mathematics and is now involved in the MIT Primes Crowd Math community. He is an avid musician who attended the Governors Institute for the Arts, and he has performed at school and is in a band with friends from around Vermont. He has served as a computer technology consultant at school, pioneered the first digital yearbook for Compass, produced a thought provoking political blog during last year's election, and wrote and directed a film in the Compass film festival.

Among his various independent studies projects, Rhomberg designed a baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, crafted a board game using a computer-

automated router, created websites and a calculator from original code, wrote and recorded music, and studied jazz guitar.

Rhomberg is well deserving of this recognition. He has taken advantage of the many opportunities at Compass, and beyond, to extend his learning and contribute back to the community. Perhaps most impressively, Rhomberg has continually been supportive of his peers and their learning. He adds much to any class he is in, willing to explore ideas and helping others with their work and understandings.

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