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10/17/2013 11:09:00 AM
Abigail Meyer gets National Merit Commendation

by Ken Haggerty

In what is believed to be a first in Randolph for at least the 15 years since Superintendent Mike Kelley has been at Randolph, a local student has been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship program.

Senior Abigail Meyer was recognized for the 2014 program, one of 34,000 commended nationwide for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students place among the top five percent of 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 scholarship competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Abigail also has taken the ACT, a college entrance exam, and scored a 34 on that, which ranks in the 99th percentile. She is a 4.0 student who is taking college level Spanish and Math. She has been a National Honor Society member since 10th grade.

She says she enjoys Physics and Math but has a broad range of interests. Ag class with Ed Terry is one of her favorites and she will be traveling to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this month. She said playing a zombie last year in a school production of "Teenage Night of Living Horrors" was also fun.

Abigail is also a stand-out athlete who has lettered in volleyball as a junior, in basketball as a sophomore and junior, and in softball as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Outside of school, Meyer says she is a voracious reader. She has a part-time job at the Sogn Valley apple Orchard on Goodhue County 9.

"She is a popular kid with her classmates, as evidenced by being elected Homecoming Queen," said high school principal Benjamin Fisher. "She's an all-around great kid. She's quiet, but a leader by example," said Fisher.

Abigail says she remains undecided on a career and college choice, but has plenty of colleges seeking her as a student.

Meyer is the daughter of Scott and Brenda Meyer. She lives with her parents and twin sister, Carolyn, in rural Dennison. Brenda, originally from Chandler, MN, works at Syngenta in Stanton. Scott, originally from Brooklyn Park, MN, is at the Cub Foods in Lakeville.

The girls went to school in Kenyon grades 5-8 and moved around in Iowa and Minnesota before that but have been at Randolph since 9th grade.

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