Three Heights seniors are National Merit commended scholars

Hannah Smith, Graham Ball and Aviva Klein, (from left).

Heights High seniors Graham Ball, Aviva Klein and Hannah Smith have been named National Merit Commended Scholars, placing among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). About 34,000 commended students are recognized nationwide for their exceptional academic promise.

Graham Ball is active in the vocal music program. He’ll perform in the upcoming musical, “Grease,” and has had leading roles in three past school musicals. He is a member of the Barbershoppers and A Capella Choir, along with the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Outside of school, he is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Choir and a church choir.

Aviva Klein is the principal bassoon player in the Heights Symphony and the Symphonic Winds, and plays the trumpet in the Marching Band and the Jazz Band.

She is taking English and Spanish classes at John Carroll University (JCU), and is a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is principal bassoonist in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.  

Hanna Smith is taking all of her classes at JCU, where her favorite class is women and gender studies. She is a member of the National Honor Society, AFS and ski club. In her junior year, she won a Gold Key art award. Outside of school, she is a member of Social Advocates for Youth.

Joy Henderson

Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 3:02 PM, 10.30.2015