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Four Fairfax High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Students Join Less than One Percent of U.S. High School Seniors

Four Fairfax High School students, Isabelle Deadman, Evan Moore, Leo Ouyang, Sophia Rice, and Emily Sheng were named National Merit Semifinalists. The students are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $31 million, to be awarded in spring 2019.

Approximately 16,000 high school seniors were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2019. More than 1.6 million juniors entered the 2019 National Merit program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as the initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.These determinations are made by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in 2019:  National Merit $2,500 scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and college-sponsored scholarships.

Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in spring 2019.

City of Fairfax Schools Welcome Back Students

Principal Lenart speaks with NBC 4

Principal Lenart speaks with NBC 4

Fairfax High School Showcased on NBC

The City of Fairfax Schools welcomed back students today complete with a marching band, cheerleaders and an early morning for Fairfax High School. Starting at 5:30 am, NBC Channel 4 showcased FHS students and new principal, Erin Lenart.  FHS continued the welcome for students with a back to school assembly and surprise flash mob by faculty.

To watch the NBC 4 Segment please see the NBC 4 website.

City of Fairfax School Board members and Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Pajardo

School Board Members and City School Staff meet with PES Principal

School Board Members and City School Staff meet with PES Principal

visited all four city schools, visiting with students and staff.

FHS Hires Trey Taylor as Head Football Coach

Fairfax High School will welcome Trey Taylor as the new head football coach in the 2018-2019 season.

“We are delighted that Trey has agreed to become our head football coach,” said Nancy Melnick, Fairfax HS Director of Student Activities.“ Trey’s football experience, leadership qualities, and passion for working with kids are qualities which our student-athletes and community will embrace.”

Coach Taylor has been coaching in Fairfax County for 22 years and teaching since 1999.  He has been a head coach in the Virginia High School League since 2006, most recently at South Lakes High School (2014-2017). Coach Taylor brought new energy to the South Lakes program, posting a 34-15 overall record, 2 Liberty District Championships, 1 state Semi-Finalists (2016), and one Region Finals (2017) appearance. His four years as the South Lakes’ football coach and teacher was marked by increasing student numbers in the football program as well as in his Personal Fitness classes. Coach Taylor is excited about not only building a Fairfax football team that will succeed, but one that will excel and be the pride of Fairfax High School and the City of Fairfax.

“As a resident of Fairfax City for 15 years,” said Coach Taylor, “I understand the unique opportunity that exists at Fairfax High School and am excited to work with the young men of Fairfax to build a championship football program in addition developing outstanding you men who will contribute to their communities.”

Coach Taylor was introduced to Fairfax HS returning football players on Monday, July 16th and will spend the next 2 weeks preparing for the July 30th start of the season.  “Nancy and I are thrilled that Trey is joining the Fairfax High School family,” said new Principal Erin Lenart. “Trey has great leadership qualities and his record as a football coach and leading programs speaks for itself. He possesses all of the characteristics that our students need in a coach who can help them find respect and success on the playing field and in the classroom.”


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