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24 Solon Seniors Named National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists


Solon High School is celebrating the academic achievement 24 members of this year’s senior class who have been named as semi-finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition.  

“The class of 2019 is already distinguishing itself with a significant academic legacy,” said Solon High School Principal Erin Short. “Having 24 seniors named as National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists illustrates the continued excellence in academic achievement at Solon High School. The high numbers of Solon High School seniors recognized each fall reflects the dedication and hard work of both students and staff as well as the high level of achievement not only at our school, but throughout the entire district.”

The 24 Solon High School students named as National Merit Scholar semi-finalists for 2019 are: Dylan Duecaster, Laila Edelman, Jeremiah Egolf, Julia Fan, David Feng, Neha Gupta, Zilong Huang, Sarah Kalinowski, Lea Kim, Rayna Klugherz, Annette Lee, Jacob Levine, Isaac Lieber, Scott Maurer, Neel Mehta, Samuel Oguntoyinbo, Arushi Sharma, Sandy Shen, Carly Stewart, Brendan Wang, Mark Wang, Adam Zhang, Albert Zhu and Michael Zhu.

These students earned scores on the PSAT taken in their junior year that were among the highest in the state and qualified them as a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist. The number of semi-finalists varies from state to state, as the number selected is proportional to the percentage of the total number of graduating seniors in each state. Overall, there are 16,000 semi-finalists nationwide, representing the less than 1 percent of high school seniors in the United States.

The 24 Solon semi-finalists will continue in the competition to become National Merit Scholar finalists by fulfilling several additional requirements in the coming months that underscore their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college environments. First, they must attain an SAT score that confirms their achievement on the PSAT qualifying test. They must also demonstrate a record of outstanding academic performance throughout high school and be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal. In addition, the students and school officials must complete a detailed scholarship application that includes a student essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community-based activities.

In the next few weeks, Solon High School will also be able to announce the names of additional students who earned commended status in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program.