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February 28, 2014

Mitchell named National Merit Scholar finalist

THOMASVILLE — Brookwood School senior Luke Mitchell, the son of Teal and Dr. Dan Mitchell, is a finalist in the National Merit Scholar Program.

 "We are extremely proud of Luke," said college counselor Vic Spigener. "The journey to become a National Merit Scholar starts long before graduation in May and requires years of commitment. Being named a National Merit finalist is a true testament to Luke’s dedication not only in the classroom, but also in the community.”

 As a finalist, Mitchell has a chance to earn one of more than 8,000 Merit Scholarships. He has decided to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Students who participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program take the PSAT no later than their junior year. They must plan to enroll full-time in college during the fall after they have completed high school and be a U.S. citizen. Winners are chosen based on their abilities and accomplishments.

 At Brookwood, Mitchell was inducted into the National Honor Society in the 11th grade. He has participated in cross-country and tennis for the past four years. He has sung in the literary team’s boys quartet for four years and competed in boys solo for the past three years.

Among Mitchell’s acting roles, he performed in the all-school Drama Guild musical “Annie” last year and played the hero, Horton the Elephant, in this year’s “Seussical.” He was named a “Distinguished Performer” in last year’s regional one-act play competition and won second place in the state boys solo when he was a sophomore.

 Mitchell attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2012 in the Boy Scouts of America. He participated in a mission trip to Mississippi in 2010, and has volunteered on the staff of White Sulfur Springs Military Retreat in Pennsylvania for the past three summers, among his other volunteer service projects.

 Active in the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe for the past four years, Mitchell also plays the violin and piano and has studied voice since he was 11 years old.

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