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Published: Monday, 9/30/2013

Notre Dame Academy student named a National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist

Kim Grilliot, principal, congratulates Cassandra Gillespie on being a National Achievement semifinalist. Kim Grilliot, principal, congratulates Cassandra Gillespie on being a National Achievement semifinalist.

Notre Dame Academy senior Cassandra Gillespie of Sylvania was named a 2014 National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist.

More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2012 Preliminary PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.

Ms. Gillespie is an honors student who started at Notre Dame Junior Academy in seventh grade before entering the high school. She is participating in the International Baccalaureate Program seeking a Subject Certificate in math. She is also earning college credit through the Advanced Placement program having already taken AP psychology and AP U.S. History, and is currently taking AP Spanish, AP English and AP environmental Science.

Ms. Gillespie has played varsity softball all four years for the Eagles as a pitcher and first baseman. Freshman year she was First Team, All District and City League Most Valuable Player, sophomore year she was First Team All TRAC and District Honorable Mention, and junior year she was First Team All TRAC. She has been a softball team captain since her sophomore year. She has also played Eagle volleyball her senior year on varsity and freshman and sophomore years as junior varsity. She played travel softball for the Wizards the summer of 2013 and will play for the Great Lakes Sharks the summer of 2014.

Ms. Gillespie is involved in the Fitness Club, served for three years on the Pastoral Core Team, and participated in the Princess Club and as a Big Sis. She was a peer tutor for two years.

An active volunteer in the community she has worked for Habitat for Humanity. Last summer, through the University of Toledo, she volunteered working on motor skills with children who were developmentally delayed. She has also been active as a coach and camp volunteer with Eagle softball and volleyball camps.

She plans to play softball at the University of Akron next year as a first baseman and major in exercise science.

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