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Lawrence seniors named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

September 12, 2012, 12:00 a.m. Updated September 12, 2012, 3:45 p.m.

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Tests may not be the only measure of success, but success on one particular test has landed several Lawrence teens a national honor — and perhaps a big scholarship package.

Martin Sicilian is one of the National Merit scholarship semi-finalists. He is a student at Bishop Seabury Academy.

Martin Sicilian is one of the National Merit scholarship semi-finalists. He is a student at Bishop Seabury Academy.

Free State High School's National Merit Scholars from left, Juan Torres Gavosto, National Hispanic Scholar; Adam Fales, Alexander Heath, Katherine Guyot, Caitlin Erickson and Andrei Elliott.

Free State High School's National Merit Scholars from left, Juan Torres Gavosto, National Hispanic Scholar; Adam Fales, Alexander Heath, Katherine Guyot, Caitlin Erickson and Andrei Elliott.

Lawrence High School's National Merit Scholars from left, Julia Drahozal, Hazlett Henderson and Connor Murphy.

Lawrence High School's National Merit Scholars from left, Julia Drahozal, Hazlett Henderson and Connor Murphy.

Nine Lawrence seniors have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship search: five from Free State High School, three from Lawrence High School and one from Bishop Seabury Academy. All will compete for about 8,300 scholarships given nationally to Merit Scholar winners. The semifinalist designation is based on scores on the PSAT, which the students took last year. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. now will consider their SAT scores, an application essay and reference letters to determine finalists. About 90 percent of the 16,000 semifinalists will be selected as finalists, and winners are selected from that pool, according to the corporation.

Juan Torres Gavosto, a Free State senior, also was named a National Hispanic Scholar. That designation is made by the College Board, the organization that distributes the PSAT, but it does not come with a monetary scholarship.

Still in the early days of their senior year, the 10 students said they’re mostly undecided about where they will attend college. Almost all said they had an interest in going out of state, but “it all comes down to financial aid,” as Katherine Guyot said.

The semifinalists are listed below by school, along with their top choices for colleges and majors.

Free State High School

• Andrei Elliott — undecided, mathematics or engineering

• Caitlin Erickson — Stanford, undecided

• Adam H. Fales — undecided, high school English teacher

• Katherine Guyot — undecided, journalism or publishing

• Alexander T. Heath — undecided, mathematics or biochemistry

Lawrence High School

• Julia Drahozal — Stanford, undecided

• Hazlett L. Henderson — Swarthmore, environmental studies

• Conner Murphy — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, aerospace engineering

Bishop Seabury Academy

• Martin J. Sicilian — undecided, economics and philosophy

Comments

newmedia 1 year, 11 months ago

Best of luck. Job well done.

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Claire Williams 1 year, 11 months ago

Congratulations, and get ready for a wild ride-- the months of SAT prep, essay writing and waiting anxiously for a finalist letter are agonizing.

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abw2102 1 year, 11 months ago

Way to go! This is a huge accomplishment. I was a National Merit Scholar when I was in high school and it got me a full scholarship. There's a lot of hard work in getting to this point and even more to move on to the next level, but it is really an amazing achievement.

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Kookamooka 1 year, 11 months ago

My top choice of college is Bard. Then Cornell for graduate school.

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