Salem Community Patriot July 15, 2011 - 7
Salem Road Reconstruction Update
Helen Huang Wins College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship
More than 1,700 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities have been announced by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). These Merit Scholar designees join over 2,900 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Officials of each sponsor college selected their winners from among Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. This year, 198 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,800 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 118 private and 80 public institutions located in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Additional College-Sponsored Merit Construction on Brookdale Road
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan Six town roads are currently being reconstructed, according to Town Engineer Bob Puff, with a list including Cluff Crossing Road and South Policy Street. “Cluff Crossing right now is to binder, and the easterly half has curb and the first course of sidewalk,” said Puff. A curb crew will then work on the westerly side of the bridge, followed by a topcoat of pavement, seeding, and road markings, to be completed by the end of July. Cross Street reclaiming was done Wednesday,
followed by construction of the Cluff Crossing Road and Cross Street intersection. While Cross Street will not be complete until the middle of August, the intersection will be paved by the end of July. “We understand that the
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has a big impact on Peter’s Farm Stand, so we’re trying to be as sensitive to that in terms of project impacts as we can,” said Puff. South Policy Street has three to four weeks of
pipe work to be completed, said Puff. The bridge is also being replaced, but Puff said plans are to reopen the road by Labor Day, and the bridge to be complete by October. Brady Avenue was reclaimed last week, and the next two weeks will include prep work for binder, said Puff, resulting in binder being laid by early August. As for Brookdale Road, a separate crew is doing pipe work and drainage. Work on Brookdale is said to be complete by November; meanwhile, the state is replacing the Brookdale Bridge over Interstate 93, with that project estimated to be complete by next year.
always been anticipated that this project would be a full construction season,” Puff said. As for Chappy Lane and Lisette Drive, a binder coat has been laid, with a topcoat to follow. Seed work is in progress and the project will be wrapped up by mid-August. “We appreciate the patients of the people on the construction sites, and we hope that by the time we’re done, they will recognize the improvements that we’ve done as a benefit,” Puff said.
Scholarship Winners This final group of winners brings the number of 2011 National Merit Scholars to approximately 8,300. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of nearly $35 million. In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit Scholarships were offered—2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, for which all Finalists competed and over 1,000 corporate- sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who met criteria specified by their grantor organizations.
2011 National Merit Scholarship Competition This year’s competition for National Merit
Scholarships began when approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools
took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2009, some 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state representational basis, in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of high school graduating seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of a state’s seniors. To become a Finalist, each Semifinalist had to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and describing contributions and leadership activities in high school and the community, have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm the qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, about 15,000 attained Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists were chosen to receive National Merit Scholarships. Established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program, NMSC is a not- for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance. Over the past 56 years, more than 284,000 outstanding young men and women have won National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $1 billion. The majority of awards offered each year are underwritten by approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to recognize scholastically talented youth and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence. This year’s National Merit Boston College
Scholarship is Salem High School’s Helen A. Huang. Helen’s career field will be Dentistry.
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by S. Aaron Shamshoyan A celebration commemorating the beginning of our great nation could not be stopped by a bit of rain, and so Salem’s Fourth of July Celebration was held as planned. Fireworks were set off behind Grant Field as onlookers cheered and celebrated. “The rain stopped basically about 8:45 to 9ish,” said Recreation Director Chris Dillon. “I would say we had a typical attendance, even with the rain.”
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