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May 10, 2013

Marti named National

Merit Scholar

Mount Vernon High School senior Nate Marti is one of 2,500 National Merit Scholarship Program winners chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists. He is one of 26 recipients from Iowa to earn a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

National Merit Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating seniors.

The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay; and a recommendation by a high school official.

Veterans' names to be

published in May 23 edition

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun is preparing its Memorial Day issue, which will include a list of living and deceased veterans and some current members of the Armed Forces who live or grew up in the Lisbon-Mount Vernon area. The most recent list is currently posted on the Sun's website,

While we try to be as accurate as we can, it is possible some names of living or deceased veterans are missing. Please contact the Sun at 895-6216 or to add or correct a name on this list.

The deadline is noon May 16, with the list being published in the May 23 edition of the Sun.

260 earn degrees from

Cornell College Sunday

Cornell College will confer degrees on more than 260 students at commencement 10 a.m. this Sunday. The ceremony will take place outdoors, in the quad bordered by South, Norton and College halls, adjacent to Fifth Avenue S.W. This is the second year the college will hold an outdoor commencement.

Commencement will include a traditional academic processional by faculty and will be followed by a reception on the pedestrian mall.

Craig Tepper, professor of biology, will give the faculty address, and Kelly Tweito, a graduating senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., will give the student address.

The weekend's activities will begin Saturday, with baccalaureate scheduled for 3 p.m. in King Chapel. Seniors' words of gratitude for family, friends and mentors will be read at the service. Rev. Catherine Quehl-Engel, college chaplain, will deliver the sermon.

Classes conclude this week at Cornell, and all students move out by the end of the day Sunday.

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