Five Bexley area students have been recognized as National Achievement Scholars.

Five Bexley area students have been recognized as National Achievement Scholars.

Morgan Simmons, a Bexley High School senior, is one of approximately 1,600 Black American high school seniors to be designated semifinalists in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. officials.

Simmons, the daughter of Rose and Trent Simmons, plays violin in the high school’s Sinfonia orchestra. She also enjoys playing the piano as a hobby. A creative writer and aspiring author, Simmons hopes to attend college in New York City, in particular Columbia University.

Simmons said she was very surprised at the announcement of her honor: “I’d forgotten I took those tests,” she said.

Other Bexley area students to earn the honor included:

• St. Charles Preparatory School student Adam Henderson, son of Charles and Ann Henderson of Westerville, attended grade school at St. Joseph Montessori School and is a member of St. Paul Parish. He was also recently named a National Merit semifinalist. He plans to pursue a degree in economics or political science and become a lawyer. He is applying to Yale, the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown, Villanova and Xavier (Ohio). Henderson has been involved in a number of extracurricular activities. His is a captain of the varsity hockey team, president of the National Honor Society; a member of the St. Charles Jazz Band; co-editor of the student newspaper, the Carolian; vice president of Cardinals for Life; and sergeant at arms for the student council. He is also a member of the Mascot Club, “My Brother’s Keeper Club,” International Service Team and the nationally-recognized Engineering Team. He has also been involved in several service activities, both at school and in his parish, including Habitat for Humanity, Shack City, altar serving, Greater Columbus Right to Life, and service trips to Guatemala and El Salvador.

• Columbus School for Girls student Teal Harrison, daughter of O’Vell and Glenda Harrison of German Village, has attended CSG for 13 years. She is a member of CSG’s varsity lacrosse team and a captain of the varsity field hockey squad. Outside of CSG, she plays on the Midwestern Force lacrosse team and participates in the Columbus Urban League’s Operation Brightside Teen Summer Program.

•ĘBishop Hartley student Saba Asefa, daughter of Mulugeta Asefa and Angela Asefa of Gahanna, is involved with The Hullabaloo student newspaper, tennis (four years), tutoring, Victory House historian, and the HARTS (Hawks Always Ready to Serve) Club. She plans to attend college and become a geophysicist.

•ĘBishop Hartley student Ian McDaniel, son of Early McDaniel, Douglas Menifee (stepfather) and Andrea Menifee of Columbus, is involved with Model United Nations as student ambassador, is a basketball team manager, member of the Chess Club, In the Know Academic Team, and enjoys powerlifting. He plans to attend college and major in mechanical or space engineering.

Since the program’s inception in 1964, over 31,100 young people have received Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $98 million.