SPS Students Named National Merit Finalists

Sandia Preparatory School (SPS) seniors Elena Saavedra Buckley and William Groff have been named Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Elena Saavedra Buckley '14

Saavedra Buckley has excelled at Sandia Prep, competing on the Mock Trial team, participating in the Outdoor Leadership Program, serving as an editor of the Sandia Prep Times , playing varsity volleyball, and volunteering as a member of the National Honor Society. Last year, Saavedra Buckley received Sandia Prep's Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms Award, which recognizes students who best represent Sandia Prep in the academics, athletics and extra-curricular ideals. She was accepted into Harvard University, Swarthmore, Brown and Yale University, which is where she will be a freshman this fall. Saavedra Buckley is the daughter of David Buckley and Laura Saavedra of Albuquerque.

William Groff '14

Groff has been a standout at Sandia Prep. He is President of the National Honor Society, has been Class Treasurer for three years, and has served as an editor on both the Sandglass (yearbook) andSandia Prep Times (newspaper) staffs. Groff is also a thespian and a member of the bowling team. Last August, he was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout after 12 years as a Boy Scout. He was accepted into several universities and ultimately decided on the University of Southern California. Groff is the son of Alan Groff and Stephanie Fallon of Albuquerque.

Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that honors academically talented high school seniors and encourages excellence. About 1.5 million juniors entered this program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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