Over 50 Dayton-area high school seniors representing 17 different schools were named National Merit Semifinalists this week because of their top scores on the Preliminary SAT exam.
More than 1.5 million juniors nationwide took the 2018 Preliminary SAT, but only 16,000 high scorers (about 1 percent) earned semifinalist status by being among the highest scorers in their state.
2018 STORY: See last year’s National Merit winning students
Each state’s number of semifinalists is proportional to its share of the nation’s students, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (Ohio had 664). Because of that, the cutoff score to be a semifinalist varies from state to state.
Semifinalists will be eligible for scholarships later this year through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Numerous other students who just missed the semifinalist cutoff, but scored among the top 3 percent of students nationally are named National Merit Commended Students.
Locally, Centerville High School had 12 semifinalists, while Oakwood and Springboro high schools each had at least a half-dozen. The National Merit Scholarship Program emphasizes that the results recognize individual excellence, and do not measure the effectiveness of education in any school or state.
TOP GRADS: See bios and photos of 2019 valedictorians
Here are the local semifinalists:
Alter: Elizabeth Jasek, Charlotte Kunesh, Sara LiBrandi, Peter Schimpf
Beavercreek: Alex Le, Luke Lunday, Jodie Pierce, Eileen Yang
Bellbrook: Andrew Russell
Centerville: Deklin Caban, Aadesh Chordia, Fawaz Ghouse, Anjali Goel, Victoria Haller, Jerrick Liu, Sherefuddin Pracha, Rohith Revan, Chathuni Seneviratne, Simran Surana, Tairan Zhang, William Zhang
Chaminade Julienne: John Huffman
Dayton Regional STEM School: Ethan Bolt, Trenton Nalls
Dominion Academy: Jenna Nahhas
Fairmont: Christian Denault
Fenwick: Gareth Fultz, Jake Gallagher, Jacob Short, Davis Zearley
Homeschool: Joseph Piroch
Lebanon: Logan Moore
Miami East: Levi Marcum
Miami Valley School: John Groger, Neil Sawh
Oakwood: David Cai, Sydney Hardern, Ryder Kemper, Noah Kingston, Richard Roediger, Elizabeth Vaughn, Aviva Young
Springboro: Adam Anspach, Alexander Berardi, Ryan Lin, Karoline Shellhause, Eva Singh, Carly Titus
Tippecanoe: Caden Beam
Troy Christian: Nathan Waltz
Waynesville: Brandon Blair
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