Higley High School senior Lindsey Giles has been named a 2020 National Merit semifinalist, an honor awarded to less than one percent of high school students nationwide.
On top of a class load throughout her high school years that has included AP English and AP microeconomics, Lindsey plays volleyball and is on student council.
She also serves as an officer with the Best Buddies program at Higley High.
As a semifinalist, Giles is in the running for National Merit Scholar, competing for one or more of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.
Lindsey would like to study kinesiology in college and pursue a career as a physical therapist. She considers being named a National Merit Semi-Finalist a great honor.
“There’s only so many people who get chosen,” Giles said. “I work really hard in school to get everything done and by doing that I’m able to learn everything.”
Meanwhile, three Higley Unified School District graduates received national recognition this year for outstanding performance on the AP exams in the spring.
Higley grads Caleb Gooch and Connor Holmes and Williams Field High graduate Jennifer Newcomb received honors.
AP, or Advanced Placement, courses at both schools are rigorous, college-level classes with an opportunity to earn college credit. The campuses offer more than 30 AP and dual enrollment class titles.