The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this year’s winners in a press release issued today. Among the winners is Sacred Heart Academy senior, Casey Leimbach, who will receive a corporate-sponsored $2,500 scholarship.
The 2,500 Merit Scholars were narrowed down from a pool of more than 1.6 million applicants in a process that began during junior year. National Merit Scholarship winners are judged on test results, academic record, and community service and extra-curricular participation, and determined to have the strongest potential to continue to be successful at the collegiate level.
“Casey is a young woman of many gifts,” S. Joanne Forker, CSJ, Ed.D., Principal at Sacred Heart Academy, said. “She thrives academically, shines artistically, and excels athletically. We all join in celebrating her accomplishments thus far and have every confidence that she will continue on a successful path.”
Casey is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the French, Science and Math Honor Societies. Her excellence in science earned her a place in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Partners for the Future research and mentoring program, as well as an internship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
With a strong interest in the arts, Casey has participated in SHA’s theatre and dance programs, performing and choreographing in three musicals as well as The Nutcracker, and in several local theatre productions. She has played the viola for years and shared her musical talents in the Instrumental Ensemble and the Chamber Ensemble at SHA and has excelled a vocalist through NYSSMA and in concerts at the Botazzi School of Music.
As a civic-minded leader, Casey has shared her talents in various ways including organizing pitching clinics through the Wantagh Little League, tutoring students in math and science, coaching CYO volleyball, and co-producing youth theatre productions. She has volunteered through organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and the American Cancer Society’s Strides Walk.
Casey was also named by Newsday, a player to watch for the upcoming softball season. She is a standout pitcher on SHA’s Varsity Softball team.
The faculty, and administration join in congratulating Casey for her accomplishments!