VERO BEACH — Saint Edward’s 2011 Graduate Anastasia (Stacey) Oswald of Vero Beach has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University. Stacey was one of 15,000 students chosen nationally as National Merit finalists this past fall and is now one of approximately 8,000 students chosen nationwide to be designated as National Merit Scholars. Oswald has been accepted at, and will attend, Vanderbilt University in the fall. She is Salutatorian of her graduating class, co-president of the Saint Edward’s chapter of the National Honor society, president of Saint Edward’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a member of the Math Honor Society, Tri M, and she is also a member of the Cum Laude Society. Stacey’s Advanced Placement coursework has earned her the designation of AP Scholar with Distinction.
“We are very proud of Stacey’s accomplishments,” stated Bruce Wachter, Associate Head of School and Head of the Upper School. “She is a fine example of the ideals of the program which recognize academic achievement as well as individual student accomplishments.”
National Merit Scholarship winners are selected, according to the program’s website, based on “the Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the Finalist’s own essay.”