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Two T.C. Williams Seniors Named $2,500 National Merit Scholars

Alexandria, Va. — T.C. Williams High School seniors Charlotte L. Clinger and Alexander M. Eichner are among 2,500 students - including 65 in Virginia - chosen from more than 15,000 finalists nationally to receive $2,500 National Merit Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). National Merit $2,500 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.

"Charlotte and Alexander are remarkable students whose successes go well beyond their many academic accomplishments," said ACPS Superintendent Morton Sherman. "We are proud of both of them, and wish them well as they move on from T.C."

Charlotte, a National Honor Society member who has earned Distinguished Honor Roll recognition for grade point averages of 4.0 or higher throughout high school, serves as one of two student liaisons on the Alexandria City School Board. She received the Virginia Jaycees' Outstanding Future Leader award for her work with the Alexandria Youth Council, for which she has served as president, and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, for which she has served on the Board of Directors. Last August, she participated in the South Korea Summer High School Program, where she studied for two weeks at one of the country's top universities. She also has captained the T.C. Williams Debate Team, participated as a student theater reviewer in the Critics and Awards Program (Cappies) and worked as an intern for Rob Krupicka's campaign for state senate. Charlotte is planning to attend Yale University, and hopefully major in government and international politics.

Alexander, named one of the first 2012-13 ACPS Scholars of the Week, is a member of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society. His honors include the Harvard Book Award, Rensselaer Medal Award and Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. Alexander has been active in T.C. Williams Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys' Cross Country and has participated in numerous T.C. Williams Drama Department productions. Alexander plans to attend the University of Chicago and double-major in history and anthropology (and/or perhaps minor in computer science). He would like to pursue a Doctorate in feudal societies and become an archaeologist, preferably in the Mediterranean. Eventually, he would like to be a history professor.

The National Merit Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools, including academic records that showed the difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; essays written by the finalists; and recommendations written by high school officials.