St. Andrew's-Sewanee School juniors Ethan Evans and Fields Ford have met the requirements to enter the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They have qualified for this distinction based on their scores on the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), having scored among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants of some 1.5 million program entrants.
Ethan Evans is the son of Amy and Jon Evans of Sewanee. He is a high honors student and has received awards for outstanding performance in algebra, geometry, English, and studio art. Ethan has served as an SAS Ambassador, Honor Council member, and is currently a Proctor. An outstanding actor and musician, he has been cast in principal roles in numerous theatre productions including Oliver!, The Ants, and Sweeney Todd, and is a member of the school ensemble, Take Note! Ethan is also a state-qualifying swimmer and an Eagle scout. He studied for a semester at the Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and has taken classes in biology and art at the University of the South. Ethan recently published a paper with a Sewanee student based on coral reef research conducted in Belize. He will be attending the Tennessee Governor's School for the Humanities in June.
Fields Ford is the son of Beth Pride and Steve Ford of Sewanee. In addition to his outstanding academic achievements, he is an outstanding artist and photographer. Fields has received awards for outstanding performance in biology, Latin, Spanish, conceptual physics, world history. An avid mountain biker, he was co-captain of the SAS Team which is part of the Tennessee High School Cycling League. Last fall the mountain bike team finished the season as the number one team in Tennessee and the number two team in the league. He received the 2013 MVP award for mountain biking. Over spring break, Fields, along with eleven SAS students and two faculty members, travelled to Jamaica to offer friendship and labor to the economically impoverished community of Trench Town. He has also earned a black belt in Wado Ryu karate.
Of the more than 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Semifinalists and approximately 34,000 others will be commended for their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. These distinctions will be announced in September.