National Merit Finalists @ LPSB

Center, RHS Principal Ricky Durrett with (L) Austin Meng, (R) Nicholas Ruff Far left, Dave & June Meng, far right, Sonya Ruff

Center, RHS Principal Ricky Durrett with (L) Austin Meng, (R) Nicholas Ruff
Far left, Dave & June Meng, far right, Sonya Ruff

Last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) was one of those meetings that is an absolute pleasure to attend: recognition of National Merit Scholars.

From Lincoln School’s ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol’s comments:

Ruston High School seniors Austin Meng, son of Dave and June Meng, and Nicholas Ruff, son of Michael and Sonya Ruff, have been announced as two of the approximately 15,000 Finalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Austin has maintained a 4.0 GPA and scored a 35 on the ACT. A member of the three-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. Although he has been accepted at Rice, Austin is still undecided about where he will attend college but plans to study the sciences or engineering and is still considering Louisiana Tech, Georgia Tech, and Stanford universities.

Nick, our second awardee, 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, Nick also serves at Rolling Hills and is a volunteer swim coach. The proud recipient of three 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. Nick will be attending Louisiana Tech University this fall to study engineering.

Board President Otha Anders (District 10) put it best when he said, “I want to tag you with ‘Academic Champions.’ That means a lot to me because of all of my years in education.”

Also recognized last night was Louisiana Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, Ruston High School (RHS) biology teacher April Winstead.

The board unanimously approved a two-year contract with Mike Milstead as Lincoln School District Superintendent. His pay will be $132,132/yr, with a car allowance.

Commenting on the interview and selection process, Milstead said, “I think that the constituents of Lincoln Parish need to understand that this board represented them very well throughout that whole process. And it was a grueling process.”

During reports, Business Manager George Murphy said that a recommendation for an extra bonus check would be made at the May meeting. Sales tax collections have been significantly higher than what was budgeted, and will allow for the so-called “15th check,” over and above the customary 13th and 14th checks.

See here the financial reports:

March Sales Taxes
February Fund Balances

2 Responses to “National Merit Finalists @ LPSB”

  1. Oldman Says:

    It seems no one wants to or will say something good about anybody. Well here are two seniors that need a pat on the back. Way to go Austin Meng and Nicholas Ruff,we need more like you,I’m sure your parents are very proud of you.
    Have a good day

  2. Bob Sherunkel Says:

    Ditto Oldman!
    Congrats to these exceptional young men and their parents!

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