Hope Thayer ’19 Awarded National Merit Commended Student


NDA Principal Mrs. Sarah Cullum, National Merit Commended Scholar Senior Hope Thayer, Miss Thayer‘s NDA Counselor Mrs. Kristen Schank 

Notre Dame Academy is proud to announce that, senior and International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate, Hope Thayer was named a National Merit Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) student Miss Thayer learns the same rigorous IB curriculum taught at IB schools around the globe. Miss Thayer‘s IB studies have included IB Physics, IB Theatre, IB Math, IB Spanish, IB English, and IB History.

Through her IB Math class, she has become a member of the Global Student Council, giving her the opportunity to collaborate with other students across the globe and experience leadership and collaboration in an online environment. The IB curriculum emphasizes gaining insights from information by learning to formulate questions, research information, and analyze to discern answers. IB’s global perspective and cross-curriculum integration looks at the same subject matter across subjects.

Miss Thayer would like to study biomedical engineering at The University of Michigan. To encourage other girls to explore their interest in STEM careers and use NDA’s new makerspace, she started NDA’s Maker Club. The Maker Club is what Miss Thayer has chosen to do for her IB CAS Project. All IB Diploma students do a CAS (Creativity Action and Service) Project where they apply what they have learned in IB to a project that ties together IB insights learning skills, and leadership.

A multi-year state and national speech qualifier, Miss Thayer competed in informative speaking with a speech about prosthetics. Miss Thayer is on NDA’s Executive Student Council and is student director of school theater productions. She is president of NDA’s American Sign Language Club and played JV tennis for two years. She attends Christ the King Parish, where she is a student lector and altar server. National Merit Commended students place among the top 50,000 scorers and only approximately 34,000 students, from the 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, received this honor.