Carroll Students Named National Merit Scholar Finalists
Westmnster, MD
02/26/2018 09:49 AM

Six high school seniors from Carroll County Public Schools have been named Finalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The following students were selected as Finalists:

  • Robyn Anzulis – South Carroll High School

  • Jackson Foran – South Carroll High School

  • Matthew Johnson – Liberty High School

    Hannah Rose - Westmnster High School 

  • Kevin Manogue – Liberty High School

  • Taylor Mendoza – Liberty High School

  • Shannon Sevier – Liberty High School.


    Robyn Anzulis from South Carroll High School is an exceptional student and person. Beginning with honors classes in the 8th grade, she has never earned any grade less than an A. Her courses have consisted of Honors and Advanced Placement courses throughout her high school career. Robyn also enrolled in courses at the local community college through the Dual Enrollment program during both her junior and senior years. Along with her rigorous academic course load, Robyn is active in school programs and clubs. She is a member of the school’s marching band and orchestra, the It’s Academic Team, and the National Honor Society. Last spring, Robyn placed 2nd in the American Legion’s National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis. She currently holds her Associate’s degree from Carroll Community College in general studies. Robyn plans to earn her Law degree.


    Jackson Foran from South Carroll High School has held the position of President of the Robotics Club for the past 2 years. In doing so, he has been crucial in helping to manage the club’s $10,000+ budget, advertise the club within the school and community, motivate and organize upwards of 50 student members, set up and/or spearhead their involvement in numerous community events. These events include the annual Breakfast with Santa, Robotics/STEM events with local organizations including Parr’s Ridge Elementary School, Mt. Airy Middle Schools and the Boy Scouts, and, most impressively, hosting the 2017-2018 Central Maryland FIRST Robotics kickoff event.  Jackson has never earned a grade lower than an A in rigorous Honors and AP level classes throughout high school. He will complete 12 AP classes by the end of his senior year.  Jackson is also a member of South Carroll’s Marching Band, and has just recently been selected as a Presidential Scholar.


    Matthew Johnson from Liberty High School is an exceptional student who combines academic excellence with an exceptional level of involvement in both the school and community. Matt is highly involved in student government at both the county and state level. He has been the student representative on the Board of Education of Carroll County for the past two school years and was instrumental in organizing the Maryland Association of Student Councils Legislative Sessions during this time. Matt is service-oriented by nature. He has accumulated 641 service-learning hours and earned his Eagle Scout badge in 2016. He volunteers hours of his time as a student tutor, and while he was vice-president of the National Honor Society, he spearheaded an effort to curb bullying. In addition to his high level of involvement in community and school activities, Matthew challenges himself with a demanding course load. Matt participated in a highly exclusive summer internship at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab during the summer of 2017. The exceptional job he did while interning resulted in a request by the lab for him to continue during the current school year. When he graduates, he will have completed 10 Advanced Placement courses. Matt plans to attend the University of Maryland as a Computer Information Sciences major with a career goal of becoming a computer software engineer. 

Kevin Manogue from Liberty High School has been a standout in all of his high school pursuits. He is a talented trumpet player in the Lion’s Pride Marching Band, serving as section leader. He has also played in multiple instrumental music ensembles at the school. Kevin was selected to perform with the Towson University Honors Band. He was also selected for All-County Band the last seven years. Kevin is also highly involved in other school activities. He is president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He has also participated in indoor track and field.  He is a member of the Debate Club and is currently the captain of the Academic Challenge Team. Kevin serves the community in a variety of ways. He volunteers at the Integrace Copper Ridge home for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and plays in the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra, a performing group that raises money for charities. He also serves as a student tutor. Kevin’s hard work in the classroom has resulted in an impressive academic record. He will have completed 12 Advanced Placement classes upon graduation. Kevin plans to attend either the University of Maryland College Park, Lafayette College, or Davidson College, majoring in Physics with a minor in Philosophy. He would like to continue his education by earning a master’s degree and ultimately obtaining a doctorate degree in an Astrophysics field.


Taylor Mendoza from Liberty High School excels both in the classroom and as a student leader. He is the current vice-president of the senior class and represents the school on a number of competition teams, including the Academic Challenge Team, the Debate Team, The Chess Club, and the National Ocean Science Bowl. Taylor is a varsity athlete as well, participating on the tennis team. He is also the founder and captain of a local community soccer team. Taylor enjoys working with younger students. He served as a camp counselor at McDonough High School this past summer. Taylor has maintained a rigorous academic schedule throughout high school. He will have completed 11 Advanced Placement courses when he graduates. He is pursuing admission to the University of Pennsylvania with plans to major in business and to obtain his MBA.


Hannah Rose from Westminster High School is a very motivated and dedicated student. At the time of her graduation, she will have completed an impressive 9 courses at the Advanced Placement level. These courses represent a variety of subject matter including English, social studies, world language, math, and science. In addition to completing Spanish courses every year of her high school career, Hannah has completed self-study of French, Latin, and Ancient Greek completely on her own. This school year she is also pursuing an independent study in AP European History. Hannah is especially musically talented and plays the clarinet in Westminster High School's marching band. She has been recognized for her musical achievements with a first chair position in the Honors Wind Ensemble and the highest honors for the National Greek Examination.


Shannon Sevier from Liberty High School is an outstanding student who is also highly involved in school activities. Upon graduation, she will have completed 12 Advanced Placement courses. She is a member of both the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society and plays on the varsity tennis team. Shannon is also active in the Leo Club, a service-based organization. She organized the club’s drive to donate blankets to hospitalized children through the Project Linus Program. Shannon is a multi-faceted student excelling in all curricular areas. She is a talented artist who has taken a visual arts class during each semester of her high school career. In addition, she excels in the STEM fields of study. This unique combination of talents, along with her creativity, have led her to pursue a career as an Imagineer, an engineer who designs new attractions at the Disney parks. She plans to attend UMBC and major in engineering.


Finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program must have a record of consistently very high academic performance in all of grades 9-12 and in any college course work taken. Finalists must also take the SAT and earn scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance. Merit Scholar awardees will be chosen from this group of Finalists based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.

Carey Gaddis
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