Maria Papademetris ’20 has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. The competition honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Finalists like Maria maintain outstanding academic records throughout high school, are endorsed by their school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. Approximately half of all finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earing the title of Merit Scholar.
As an incoming freshman, Maria was selected as a Sr. Antonine Signorelli Scholar for her outstanding entrance exam score and for demonstrating exceptional academic potential. This year, she serves as president of Mu Alpha Theta (National Mathematics Honor Society), and captain of Math League. She also serves as captain of one of the two 2020 M3 MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge teams. In 2019, her MathWorks team placed in the top twenty percent nationwide. In addition, Maria is an active member of the National Honor Society, the Latin and Science National Honor Societies, and Classics Club. She has earned three gold medals on the National Latin Exam. Maria sings alto in our Madrigal Choir and Liturgy Choir and pursues her love of singing outside of school, chanting and singing in her parish choir.
In spring of junior year, Maria was named a Connecticut Governor’s Scholar based on her PSAT score, class rank, and a timed essay. That spring, she worked with two classmates to design a 3D printed suspension spectrophotometer, taking first place in the 2019 New England Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge and winning Sacred Heart a 3D printer.
For the past two summers, Maria worked in the Pathology Department at Yale School of Medicine on projects related to digitizing radical prostatectomy slides and creating an algorithm to improve the specificity of prostate cancer diagnosis. This year, she created an app to help Sacred Heart students access the tutoring schedules of the various honor societies, making it easier for them to find tutors and teachers during and after school. She also planned math puzzles for middle school students participating in our Saturdays@SHA program.
Maria looks forward to exploring her interests in research science and design in college through chemical engineering, and hopes to sing and participate in the life of her new parish as well as continue to tutor her peers.