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O’Neal’s Sophia Renner is Awarded National Merit Commendation

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Southern Pines – O’Neal senior Sophia Renner was recognized as a Commended Student for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program before her peers recently. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more the 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“It is wonderful for Sophia to receive this recognition, it is certainly a testament to her hard work, determination, and natural ability,” states Head of O’Neal’s Upper School, Matt Jacobs. “Her value to O’Neal, however, goes far beyond a test score. She is an amazing student-athlete, school leader, and a tremendous asset to our campus culture. We are very proud of her and are excited to celebrate her success.”

An independent, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten age 3 through grade 12, The O’Neal School is dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character, and physical well-being of its students. O’Neal prides itself on having 100% of its graduates receive acceptances to colleges and universities throughout the nation.  O’Neal is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(SACSCASI). The School is still accepting enrollment applications for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, contact Olivia Webb, director of admissions at (910) 692-6920 or go to

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