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In the last week, a select group of students were awarded the Merit Scholarship Awards. Scholarship recipient, Sage Porter ’24 sheds light on the application process.

Semi finalists Madeline Kitchen ’24, Sage Porter ’24. and Andres Link ’24 smile for the camera. (Layla Demir ’24)











“There’s an application process for the semi-finalists,” Porter said. “So we have to apply through the scholarship website. And then we write like an essay, send our SAT scores and send out the application. And then we pretty much just wait.”
Porter didn’t expect to be selected, so when she was notified of the award, she was pleasantly surprised.

“For the National Merit Scholarship, the results are based on the PSAT, which we took at the beginning of the junior year,” Porter said. “I didn’t know it was this important or had any real repercussions, so I didn’t prepare much for that. But for the SAT, I used resources like Khan Academy to study.”
Porter also emphasized the importance of students being informed about the Merit Scholarship beforehand.
“I didn’t know that it was a thing until I found out just a few weeks ago that I was eligible for it,” Porter said. “But had I known beforehand, I definitely would have done more.”

Other winners included Liam Raether ’24, Sean Degrand ’24, Kaleb Overton ’24, Dagenau Jewel ’24 , Cassidy Whoolums ’24, Andrés Link ’24, Paul Kaminski ’24, Madeline Kitchen ’24 and Vera Bresser ’24.
(Layla Demir ’24)

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Natalie Lemmen '24, Web Editor
Natalie Lemmen ’24 is your outstanding, creative-minded Tower student who has a keen eye for editing and photography. Lemmen is a third-year staffer who is taking on the role of a web editor this year. Lemmen lives a very involved and motivated life within Grosse Pointe South and is an active member of the Yearbook staff where she enjoys, “making a book of memories that people adore looking back on.” Lemmen joined Tower her freshman year to make connections with upperclassmen and her peers and have a creative outlet, and she has done just that by pursuing editing in Tower and photography in the yearbook. Creative and kind, Lemmen hopes to pass on her influence to the younger generation of Tower.
Layla Demir ’24, Staff Writer
Layla Demir ’24 has always had a passion for the creative side of things. She is eager to step outside the box, and being a staff writer on Tower allows her to do this often. “You have to deal with a lot of the controversial stories,” Demir said. “It'll be a learning curve for me, but it will be fun and challenging.” Demir is a strong leader both in and out of the classroom. With being a full-time waitress at Andiamos, Demir has a very busy schedule. Nevertheless, she always puts in 100 percent effort and is a huge help to her peers. “We have a great newspaper here at South, and I think it's something really special to be a part of,” Demir said.

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