CAHS Student Recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Classical Academy High School senior Alexander Usher has been named a semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Alexander is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the United States competing for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million this year. The program screens students using the PSAT taken during their junior year in high school. Semifinalists represent the top 1% of high school seniors in the country.

The next stage in the competition requires Alexander and a school official to submit a scholarship application that details his academic record, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, and achievements. He must also write an essay and confirm his PSAT score with a similarly high SAT or ACT score.

Alexander is the only student in Escondido, one of only 180 in San Diego County, to be honored as a National Merit Semifinalist this year. He is also the Co-founder and Captain of an internationally competitive robotics team (Team RoboctoPI), a nationally ranked fencer, and the Founder of the CAHS TEDed club and organizer of the inaugural TEDxClassicalAcademyHS event. Alexander plans to pursue a degree and career in engineering upon graduation.

Here is a link to more detailed information about the nominees in San Diego County.

Coastal High Student Places in Super Girl Pro Surf Contest

Coastal Academy High School sophomore Caitlin Simmers placed second in the Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro contest, held in Oceanside this past weekend. Caitlin won the Super Girl Surf Pro the past two years and is the youngest competitor. “I have been watching the Super Girl since I was eight and am happy I did well in my hometown,” she stated. Caitlin will be competing in the World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series and plans to compete in Portugal and Hossager, France, in the coming weeks.

Coastal Academy Student Receives International Achievement Award

MadisonClaire Woulfe proudly accepted the Academic Achievement Award at the Ultimate International Miss California Preteen competition in early September. Held at Converse University, MadisonClaire was recognized among dozens of young women for her outstanding academic performance and perseverance in a global pandemic. She is currently titled as The United States of America Teen San Diego and plans to attend Coastal Academy High School in the fall.

The Impact of Athletics on Youth

At Classical Academy High School, sometimes you win and sometimes you learn! Principal Dana Moen shares the benefits of participating in high school sports, including improved physical, social, and emotional well-being, perseverance through adversity, and a stronger sense of community.

Listen here.

CAHS Student Competes in World Championship Horseshow

This October, classical Academy High School sophomore Nini Hodge will compete at the Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horseshow. Entering a new division on a new horse, she hopes to bring home the World Championship and National title. Nini holds two back-to-back world reserve titles, which placed her second-best globally. Nini attends the Personalized Learning Campus and finds the flexibility allows her to commute to her training barn in Lake Elsinore. She has competed in Las Vegas, Arizona, and Oklahoma, and California.

Coastal Academy Student Competes in Super Girl Surf Pro Contest

Coastal Academy High School Sophomore Caity Simmers will compete in the Oceanside Super Girl Surf Pro Contest September 17th – 19th at the Oceanside Pier. Caity won the 2020 Super Girl Surf Pro and is the youngest competitor to win the event. She also won a gold medal in 2018 at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships and was a 2019 Vans US Open Pro Junior Winner. In 2020, she emerged victorious at Jack’s Surfboards Pro QS 1,000. View the complete Patch article here.