Apollo Student Reaches National Merit Finalist Status

Apollo Student Reaches National Merit Finalist Status
Posted on 02/16/2018
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February 2018 – Apollo High School Senior Zona Sawby has received National Merit Finalist status. National Merit Scholars are chosen after a rigorous process of elimination from more than 16,000 applicants from across the United States. Only 2,500 winners of the National Merit $2,500 scholarship will be awarded this year.

A committee reviews the finalist’s application, academic record (including course load, rigor, depth and breadth of subjects studied and grades earned); also under consideration are the student’s self-descriptive essay, activities, leadership, employment, and the finalist’s contributions to the school and community.

Zona is a strong student artist on the Apollo campus and this year has been recognized for a few of her pieces. She won Best of Show at the 2017 Annual District Art Show with a charcoal portrait of her mother. In January, at the New Horizons High School Art Competition, she won an award for her charcoal drawing of Apollo’s Assistant Principal of Student Services, Luanne Ashby, called Code Red. In February, Scholastic Art announced Zona won a Silver Key Award for a pastel drawing called, Looking for Compliments. She also won a gold key award and is American Visions nominee for Code Red.  The American Visions Award goes to student that has been chosen as the best of the best out of all of the gold key winners.

At this time, Zona has not committed to a specific college or area of study, but has expressed interest in attending either Arizona State University or the University of Arizona.

“A probing mind, highly motivated, analytical, and a true intellect are some of the ways I describe Zona. She is a warm, humble, self-effacing person. She is a person who can accomplish anything to which she sets her mind,” said her academic counselor, Krystal Claudio.