BHS Student Named National Merit Scholar

Started in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program has been recognizing outstanding academic achievement for over 6 decades. Each year, 1.6 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship program. From that group, 16,000 are selected as semi-finalists. After completing an extensive application, 7,500 students are granted National Merit Scholarships. Baldwin High School student Thomas Ahlin has been awarded the National Merit Fluor Scholarship, sponsored by the Fluor Foundation. Ahlin recalls his elation upon hearing the news: " being recognized as one of the top-scoring students in the nation was a great honor. It was a nice way to start my senior year and to reflect on my hard work." Ahlin shares that his parents were a strong influence on his academic success and always encouraged him to aim high. Baldwin-Whitehall School District Superintendent, Dr. Randal Lutz, shared, "we are very proud of Thomas for this accomplishment. Receiving a National Merit Scholarship is an honor and we look forward to seeing his bright future unfold." Ahlin plans to attend the University of Notre Dame this fall as a Chemistry or Biochemistry major. He plans to become a physician concentrating in sports medicine/orthopedics.