School Board Recognizes National Merit Semi-Finalists

(L/R) RHS Principal Ricky Durrett, Nicholas Ruff, Austin Meng, Lincoln Achieve Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol

(L/R) RHS Principal Ricky Durrett, National Merit Semi-Finalists Nicholas Ruff & Austin Meng, Lincoln ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol


There was some good news at Tuesday’s school board meeting – recognition of two National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists from Ruston High School (RHS).

Austin Meng is the son of Dave and June Meng. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA and scored a 35 on the ACT. A member of the two-time state championship RHS Swim Team, he has been inducted into the National Honor Society and serves as a Bearcat Mentor. Austin is the pianist for the Barnett Springs Baptist Church, is a fundraiser for Relay for Life and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and has participated in Operation Christmas Shoebox and Nicaragua Feeding Stations. Recently named the Rotary Student of the Month, he has been named the State Literary rally overall winner in both Algebra II and Geometry and won state titles in both the 400 Free Relay and 200 Free Relay during the LHSAA Division II boys state swimming championships. Austin plans to study the sciences or engineering in college and is considering Louisiana Tech, Georgia Tech, and Stanford universities.

Nicholas Ruff is the son of Michael and Sonya Ruff. He has earned a 4.0 GPA as well and scored a 32 on his ACT. Inducted into the National Honor Society, he is a four-year member of both the reigning state championship RHS swim team and the Bearcat Band where he currently serves as Band Staff Manager. A member of First Baptist Church in Ruston and its Youth Group, Nicholas also serves at Rolling Hills and is a volunteer swim coach. The proud recipient of two consecutive LHSAA Division II Boys state swimming championship rings, he is a nominee and participant in Louisiana Boys State and has also been named Rotary Student of the Month for this year. Although undecided on a college a major, Nicholas is considering engineering at Louisiana Tech, Louisiana State, or Texas A&M universities.

In presenting the two with plaques Tuesday night, Lincoln ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said, “We congratulate these outstanding young men on their exemplary academic performance and the splendid manner in which they represent the Lincoln Parish School District, and wish them the very best of luck as they continue in this prestigious competition.”

Indeed.

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One Response to “School Board Recognizes National Merit Semi-Finalists”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for sharing this positive news~

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