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18 area students named National Merit semifinalists

September 11, 2013

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Lawrence High school National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from left are Ian Hierl and Drewrey Bryant.

Lawrence High school National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from left are Ian Hierl and Drewrey Bryant.

Bishop Seabury Academy National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from left are Ethan Ward, Thomas Westbrook, Eilish Gibson, Kristofer Knudson and Isaac Ward.

Bishop Seabury Academy National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from left are Ethan Ward, Thomas Westbrook, Eilish Gibson, Kristofer Knudson and Isaac Ward.

Lawrence Free State High school National Merit Scholarship semifinalists seated in front row from left are Lawrence Chen, Siyin Li, Logan Brown and Devany West. Back row standing from left are Nathan Lane, Hannah Smith, Carl Palmquist, Alexa Harmon-Thomas, Alexander Houston, Aaron Gehrke and Nila Mandal.

Lawrence Free State High school National Merit Scholarship semifinalists seated in front row from left are Lawrence Chen, Siyin Li, Logan Brown and Devany West. Back row standing from left are Nathan Lane, Hannah Smith, Carl Palmquist, Alexa Harmon-Thomas, Alexander Houston, Aaron Gehrke and Nila Mandal.

Eighteen area high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the National Merit scholarship competition, which recognizes the top academic scholars in the nation.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the semifinalists today. They include 11 students from Free State High School, two from Lawrence High School and five from Bishop Seabury Academy.

"We congratulate these outstanding students, their families and all of their teachers," Lawrence school district Superintendent Rick Doll said. "This is a significant accomplishment that will serve these students well as they pursue post-secondary education and careers."

Don Schawang, head of school at Bishop Seabury, noted that the five semifinalists from that school represent nearly 18 percent of that school's total graduating class of 28 students.

"It's a very sharp class," Schawang said. "I'm very engaged with this class and I teach them philosophy, and I'm very impressed with these students."

Semifinalists from Lawrence-area schools include:

Free State High School:

• Logan E. Brown, daughter of Deanna and Todd Brown.

• Lawrence M. Chen, son of Lorraine Tseng and Andrew Chen.

• Aaron S. Gehrke, son of Kathryn and Stevin Gehrke.

• Alexa Harmon-Thomas, daughter of Kelly Harmon.

• Alexander C. Houston, son of Mary Morningstar and Peter Houston.

• Nathan A. Lane, son of Kathleen and Craig Lane.

• Siyin "Yang Yang" Li, son of Suzy Zhang and Ji Lu Li.

• Nila Mandal, daughter of Elsit and Satyagopal Mandal.

• Carl X. Palmquist, son of Yilan Zhao and Larry Palmquist.

• Hannah Smith, daughter of Rachel and Richard Smith.

• Devany West, daughter of Agnes Walsh and Craig West.

Lawrence High School:

• Drewrey T. Bryant, son of Darlene and Terence Bryant.

• Ian W. Hierl, son of Janet and Peter Hierl.

Bishop Seabury Academy:

• Eilish K. Gibson, daughter of John and Kimberly Gibson.

• Kristofer A. Knudson, son of Arnie and Karla Knudson.

• Ethan A. Ward, son of Doug Ward and Juli Warren-Ward.

• Isaac N. Ward, son of Doug Ward and Juli Warren-Ward.

• Joseph T. Westbrook, son of David and Amy Westbrook.

Of the roughly 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, about 15,000 will be named as finalists in February, based on their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

Out of that group, about 8,000 will be awarded National Merit scholarships. Those winners will be announced in the spring.

There are three types of scholarships in the competition. All finalists will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit scholarships of $2,500 each that are awarded on a state representational basis.

There are also about 1,000 corporate-sponsored scholarships provided by about 240 corporations and business organizations that are awarded to finalists who meet their specified criteria.

In addition, some 4,500 college-sponsored scholarships are awarded by about 200 colleges and universities to finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a semifinalist "must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test."

Comments

melott 7 months, 1 week ago

This thread shows the need for better education in math and reading.

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shorttrees 7 months, 1 week ago

National Merit Semifinalists are the top 1% scorers for their state.

That works out to about 3 people per class of 300. Having 11 of approximately 300 students means that FSHS has 3%-4% of their seniors scoring in the top 1%. Not too shabby.

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Dan Blomgren 7 months, 1 week ago

The most astonishing fact about this story is that Bishop's 5 kids represent 18% of the graduating class. By comparison 18% of Free State's class would have produced 261 NMS finalists (compared to the 11 they actually produced) and Lawrence High would have produced 226 NMS finalists (compared to the 2 they actually produced) .

Hard to argue the public system compares to the private system with numbers skewed this badly in Bishop's favor.

Regardless, I applaud all the kids for their achievement. They should be proud of their accomplishment.

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