The National Merit Scholarship has named Sacred Heart Academy senior Christine Smith a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Christine Smith is the daughter of Dr. Brian R. Smith and Dr. Keiren Smith of Madison.
To become a Finalist, students must first be selected as Semifinalists. Semifinalists have outstanding academic records throughout high school, are endorsed and recommendedby the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance.
Approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar title. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies,without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.
Named a Sr. Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Scholar for her outstanding entrance exam scores and for demonstrating exceptional academic potential, Christine has earned highest honors since attending Sacred Heart. She is a member of the National Honor, Spanish National Honor, and Science National Honor Societies, as well as the National Math Honor Society - Mu Alpha Theta, where she serves as vice president.
She is also involved in both the musical productions and the drama club at Sacred Heart. An avid member of Campus Ministry, she has participated in mission trips to New York City, where she has served at the Catholic Worker, as well as to Clelian Heights in Pennsylvania, an educational facility for children with mental disabilities.
She was named a 2011 Connecticut Governors Scholar from an entry pool of the top juniors in Connecticut. Outside of school, Smith is an accomplished ballet dancer and member of the New Haven Ballet Company.