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Lawrence high schools announce National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

September 15, 2010

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Fourteen seniors in Lawrence high schools are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Free State High School National Merit semifinalists are clockwise from front, Liza Farr, Victoria Gilman, Amy Stahl, Alex Kong, Keil Eggers, Eric Palmquist and Alex Becker.

Free State High School National Merit semifinalists are clockwise from front, Liza Farr, Victoria Gilman, Amy Stahl, Alex Kong, Keil Eggers, Eric Palmquist and Alex Becker.

Lawrence High School National Merit semifinalists are clockwise from front, Jenny Xu, Jason Chang, Orion Dollar, Joseph Matthews and Daniel Knight.

Lawrence High School National Merit semifinalists are clockwise from front, Jenny Xu, Jason Chang, Orion Dollar, Joseph Matthews and Daniel Knight.

The students — two at Bishop Seabury Academy, seven at Free State High School, five at Lawrence High School — are among 159 students in Kansas and about 16,000 nationwide to advance in the competition for 8,400 National Merit scholarships, which together will be worth more than $36 million.

Semifinalists from Bishop Seabury:

  • Reed Grabill, son of Megan and Eric Edwards and Bob and Jennifer Grabill.
  • David Lawrence, son of Larry Lawrence and Erica Landsberg.

Semifinalists from Free State:

  • Alex Becker, son of Neal Becker and Ann Cudd.
  • Keil Eggers, son of Bruce Eggers and Jackie Counts.
  • Liza Farr, daughter of Randy Farr and Gwendolyn Macpherson.
  • Victoria Gilman, daughter of Joe and Judy Gilman.
  • Alex Kong, son of Man and Sue Kong.
  • Eric Palmquist, son of Larry Palmquist and Yilan Zhao.
  • Amy Stahl, daughter of Saul and Denise Stahl and Susan Stahl.

Semifinalists from Lawrence High:

  • Jason Chang, son of Andi Chang and Yi-Hsien Hu.
  • Orion Dollar, son of Matthew and Gretchen Dollar.
  • Daniel Knight, son of Terence Knight and Nanette Brandt.
  • Joseph Matthews, son of Rob and Mary Matthews.
  • Jenny Xu, daughter of Hongguo Xu and Xiofeng Zhang-Xu.

Semifinalists emerged from a field of about 1.5 million students nationwide who took the PSAT as juniors in 2009.

Finalists — about 15,000 — will be chosen based on academic records, administrator recommendations, SAT scores that confirm earlier performance on the PSAT, and application materials. Scholarhip winners will be chosen from among finalists, to be announced beginning in April.

About 200 colleges and universities reward finalists with financial assistance. National Merit Scholars who attend Kansas University, for example, receive renewable scholarships of $10,000 a year.

Comments

francobollo 4 years ago

What, LJWorld, are we not going to also get photos of the two Bishop Seabury semifinalists? They are just as deserving of photo recognition as the kids from LHS and FSHS.

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Gwen Macpherson 4 years ago

Liza Farr is the daughter of Randy Farr and Gwendolyn Macpherson.

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Gwen Macpherson 4 years ago

Dear "rantor", There was an error in the first release of the story. I merely corrected it.

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Jonathan Kealing 4 years ago

There really was no error. We listed the information exactly as we received it from the student.

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mrf3114114 4 years ago

The previous commenter did not attribute the problem to the Journal World. Mr. Kealing should have just stated that the Journal World was not at fault and had merely printed the information as received without going into detail as to who left the information off. As you can imagine, this is potentially embarrassing for the student and her parents. The student made an error in filling out the form. It was not intentional.

In the future, please try to be a little more sensitive in dealing with these types of issues.

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Tristan Moody 4 years ago

I just thought I'd point out that three of Free State's semifinalists were members of the drumline.

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LTownBaby 4 years ago

Thanks for making them sound like even bigger dorks! Congrats kids.

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Gwen Macpherson 4 years ago

The information was not from the student, but from the school.

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