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Two Potomac Students Earn National Merit Scholarships

Seniors Audrey Rentzepis and Max Zeldes were among the winners in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Both have been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. All seven of Potomac's National Merit Scholarship semifinalists advanced to the finalist standing. They are seniors Katharine Kanner-Bitetti, Kate Tuttle, Rentzepis, Abigail Park, Paul Witkop, Daniel Overdeck, and Zeldes.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT); contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

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Two Potomac Students Earn National Merit Scholarships

Seniors Audrey Rentzepis and Max Zeldes were among the winners in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Both have been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Potomac Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month

As part of Music in Our Schools Month®, students in Potomac’s Upper School recently organized a concert titled “Celebrating Composers of Color,” which was conducted by guest conductor Dr. Steven Cunningham of Hampton University and resident musician and composer Greg Holloway.

AI Assembly Tackles Hot Topics

On Tuesday, the newly formed Upper School AI student committee hosted an assembly focused on the potential benefits and challenges of generative artificial intelligence. Students moderated a panel of three leaders in AI – U.S. Congressman Don Beyer, Professor Brian Hall, and Dr. Sarah Murphy Gray (Google) – who spoke to this technology's influence in politics, sports, defense, business, social media, and beyond. All three described themselves as "AI optimists," with a real sense of how AI could transform the world positively, but they guided students not to lose touch with the humanities as we learn these tools. Student moderators Kasim K. '25, India C. '25, and Arav B. '24 demonstrated real leadership in facilitating a discussion with the panelists and soliciting questions from the audience. This assembly was first and foremost student-generated, and it was exciting to watch their work over several months pay off. View photos from the discussion.

SERC Student Earns Top Honors in Regeneron Science Competition

Imagine a world where all amputees have access to affordable, life-changing prosthetics. That's the future that senior and SERC student Arav Bhargava is working towards; tackling complex problems with ingenuity and compassion. His low-cost, 3D-printed prosthetics aren't just devices; they are tickets to a world of possibility. This isn't a science project; it's a revolution in accessibility.