Ravenwood High School senior Sydni Vaughn has been named a finalist in the 51st Annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes academically talented African-American high school students.

Approximately 1,300 students receive this honor nationwide.

Students entered the competition as high school juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Roughly 800 achievement scholarship winners will be selected from the group of finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.


Ravenwood High School junior William Alexander Schramkowski returned home in January after serving four months as a United States Senate Page in Washington D.C.


Alex was appointed by Senator Lamar Alexander to the U.S. Senate Page Program, which began in September 2014.

“Being selected as a Page was an incredible honor,” said Alex. “It meant I was given the opportunity to learn about something I really care about in the best place in the nation to do so.”

The U.S. Senate Page Program is a highly selective program for rising juniors. Pages play an important role in the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Senate and have a front row seat to Senate debate, learning first-hand the inner workings of our nation’s highest legislative body.

“My experience serving as a Page was life changing,” said Alex. “The whole semester I found myself facing new challenges and being presented interesting opportunities to further my understanding of our nation’s government and our political process.”

Alex attended the U.S. Senate Page School during his time in Washington, where he was elected student body president and received the Outstanding Citizenship Award. At the school’s graduation ceremony in January, Alex served as the Master of Ceremonies and introduced the keynote speakers.

“I’m hoping I will be able to return to the Senate one day,” said Alex. “Whether having the esteemed honor of becoming a Senator, or simply a congressional aide, that chamber is somewhere I hope I would have the privilege of seeing again.”

Another Ravenwood High School junior, Nick Mucci, is currently serving in the U.S. Senate Page Program this spring.