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PTHS Seniors Price & Romanak Earn National Honors
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Paducah Tilghman High School seniors Jenna Price and Mason Romanak have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program.

Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Price, daughter of Julie and Kent Price, is an AP Scholar with Distinction and an alumna of Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts in visual arts. Price won first place overall in Yeiser Art Center’s most recent “Teen Spirit” Exhibit and was the winner of the Paducah School of Art & Design’s scholarship award. She has been commissioned to create local and out of state designs for business and personal use and is currently illustrating a book for The Human Kindness Foundation in North Carolina. A three-year member of Tilghman’s marching, concert, and pep bands, she has chaired in trumpet in KMEA’s All-State Symphonic Band and Concert Band and was awarded first chair trumpet in All District Symphonic Band. She was also part of the Kentucky History Day video documentary team winning state runner up and an invitation to participate nationally in Washington, DC. Price is also a member of the National Honor Society and Sustainability Club.

Romanak, the son of Denise and Eric Romanak, is an AP Scholar with Honor and an alumnus of Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts in instrumental music (double bass). He earned first chair, double bass, in the 2020 Kentucky All State Symphony Orchestra and has participated in the Murray State Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute, and University of Louisville Invitational Honor Band. Romanak is a member of Prime Rib, Tilghman’s male a cappella choir, and has participated in the school’s theater department productions. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the PTHS Environmental Sustainability Club. He has served as a tutor with Paducah Middle School orchestra’s string section. Romanak was accepted to both the Brevard Music Center (North Carolina) and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival (Tennessee) this past summer. He was recently named a Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Published 10:25 PM, Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020
Updated 10:34 PM, Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020

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