National Merit Semifinalists Hampton Velarde, left, and Anders Erdahl are pictured with MWHS Principal Mark McIlmoyle
September 19, 2019 — Anders Erdahl and Hampton Velarde, long-time friends and seniors at Mound Westonka High School, were recently notified that they are National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. This honor places the pair in the top five percent of the 1.5 million plus students competing for this recognition. Erdahl and Velarde are now two of 16,000 students nationally who qualified for the National Merit Scholarship.
Anders Erdahl is captain of both the MWHS Speech Team and Math League. He also participates in debate and plays the clarinet in the pit orchestra. Erdahl is a member of the White Hawks tennis team. He was recently named an AP Scholar for his academic achievements and is a member of National Honor Society.
Anders, the son of Molly and Lars Erdahl, plans to attend a smaller liberal arts college.
Hampton Velarde is a member of Student Senate, Link Crew and Math League. He also participates on the speech team and the tennis team. He calls himself a “proud White Hawk.” Velarde was named an AP Scholar with Honors for his academic success.
Hampton, the son of Jennifer Velarde and Jaime Velarde, plans to attend a four-year university where he is interested in pursuing a math major.
Mound Westonka High School is proud of these two students for outstanding academic achievement!