GALLIPOLIS — Abigail Dunphy, the daughter of Dr. Stephanie Noceti-Dunphy and Christopher Dunphy of Gallipolis, was recently named as a National Merit Commended Student.
Only 34,000 students from the 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test received this honor.
Dunphy, who attends Notre Dame Academy, chose to continue her high school dual degree program at NDA after Dr. Noceti-Dunphy joined the Pediatrics Department of Holzer Health in the spring of 2012, her sophomore year of high school.
Dunphy is an IB subject certificate candidate in Chinese, History, Biology and English. She is also taking AP Calculus AB. She is a two-year member of the St. John’s Jesuit Marching Band where she plays trumpet. She has been a member of the NDA spring play stage crew all four years. She competed on the Speech Team for a year.
An active volunteer in the Bowling Green community she has served at the food pantry several years and is a familiar face at the Wood County Public Library. She has also been involved helping with children’s activities and child care at St. Thomas More University Parish and St. Aloysius Catholic Church and Elementary School.
In addition to playing trumpet in her free time, she enjoys reading the classics and feminist literature.
She plans to study Chinese and pharmacy in college. Currently, two of the universities she is considering are the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh.
Dunphy has both a younger sister, Elizabeth, who is a Junior at Gallia Acadmey High School, and brother, Nathan, who is in the seventh grade at Gallia Academy Middle School.