I am writing regarding the story (Herald, Feb. 26) about the four Durango High School students who are National Merit Scholarship finalists. What is particularly striking are the two recent articles about DHS student athletes who signed letters of intent with NCAA Division II schools.
While I am certainly not denigrating these athletes, our National Merit Scholars have the academic equivalent of signing with a Division I school. In other words, it would be like a DHS football player signing a letter of intent to play football at Notre Dame.
To be named a National Merit Scholarship finalist means that out of 3 million graduating seniors, these four students are in the top 15,000. That puts them in the 99.5th percentile. For a district of our size to have one NMS finalist is an amazing achievement, but we have four of these scholars, and that fact certainly should have had more prominence than a three, small-paragraph article buried inside Saturdays paper.
Recently, our school district went to the voters and asked them to support our schools through a mill-levy override. One of the questions I was most often asked is: How good are our schools? Clearly our schools are doing a great job.
While we should celebrate the achievements of our student athletes, we also should take to heart the words of the president in his State of the Union address: We need to teach our kids that its not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated but the winner of the science fair.
As our hometown newspaper, the Herald needs to make sure that as much notice is made of our student scholars as our student athletes.
Erica Max, Hesperus