Seniors Aleksander Keller and Sarah Lamade received national merit recognition for finishing as two of the top 50,000 juniors who took the Preliminary SAT test last year, it was announced at Monday's South Williamsport Area School Board meeting.
Keller was named a national merit semifinalist for ranking in the top 16,000 and Lamade was named a commended student for finishing in the top 50,000. In March, it will be decided if Keller will become a finalist in which he could receive a scholarship. In order to be considered for a finalist ranking, Keller had to submit his SAT scores and complete an application.
"I'm not surprised because I've known both of them since they were little kids," said John Engel, board president.
The board also received a demonstration of the district's new website.
Dwight Woodley, director of technology and principal of fifth and sixth grades, presented the changes that the district has been working on to improve the website.
"This past summer we spent a lot of time updating the Web page," Woodley said.
The goal of the updating was to make the Web page more "user-friendly" and "more appealing to the eye," Woodley said.
The Web page now has an announcements section that parents, students and faculty can check for updates on events. The community also can give their own thoughts on stories posted on the Web page.
"It's another way to receive comments and feedback from the community," Woodley said.
Woodley showed on the Rommelt Elementary page how teachers can record themselves reading assigned chapters on their Web page so students can follow along if having difficulty reading a passage.
A new lunch Web page is another feature added to the district's website. Parents now are able to check the balance of their child's lunch account and add money to it if needed. The Web page also allows the parent to check what their child is eating.
"It lets them see exactly what they're ordering and some nutritional facts," Woodley said.
Woodley mentioned more updates were coming to the website.