LEMONT – Alexandra Albrecht was recently named Lemont High School’s only National Merit semifinalist for this year, continuing a generations-old tradition of successful Albrechts at the school.
Her great grandmother graduated second in her class in 1929. Her father, Chris, was valedictorian in 1983.
Her grandfather, Al, may be the most well known at the school, where he was an athletic director and teacher for a number of years.
Alexandra said that because her grandmother also worked at Central School and Old Quarry Middle School, she is used to people knowing her family.
“It’s kind of cool to have that recognition, but it doesn’t really affect my school life,” she said.
Alexandra has found her own niche at Lemont High School, most notably playing flute in the band.
The marching band has been going to competitions this fall, and she can be seen playing a solo in the show.
“It was really scary at first because it was ‘Oh geeze, I have to play in front of all these people,’” she said.
Though her family is rooted in Lemont, Alexandra hopes to see the world.
She said she plans to study international relations and government in college. She is looking at a couple East Coast schools – Colgate and Georgetown universities – and also plans to spend some time abroad.
She said receiving a National Merit Scholarship would help pay for those expenses.
“The award in itself would be great, but the scholarship would be even better,” she said.
Al Albrecht chuckled at the thought of his granddaughter as an international student, saying he could not imagine having told his parents that when he was her age.
He said he is impressed with all she has accomplished and thinks she may end up being the most successful of all the Albrechts.
“I don’t know if Alex will exceed everything that my son has done, but she’s on her way,” he said.