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Congratulations to Solon High School's National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists


Solon High School is celebrating the academic accomplishment of 19 members of this year’s senior class who have been named as Semi-Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition.  

“This year’s senior class will face many different challenges than the classes that preceded them,” said Solon High School Principal Erin Short. “This news is just one indication that the Class of 2021 is up to the challenge. Everyone at Solon High School and in our entire community is very proud of the accomplishment of these students.”

The 19 SHS students named as National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists for 2021 are Jay Akkul, Mairi Ashton, Christian Blue, Alan Han, Anushree Jakate, Michael Kong, Rebecca Liebson, Jimmy Lin, Alex Luo, Macarah Morgan, Zihao Qing, Wesley Shen, Sneha Srikanth, Matthew Wilson, Emily Ye, Sanem Yenibahar, Catherine Yu, Amy Zhang, and Rachel Zhang.

The SHS 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-Finalists. The list of Commended Scholars will be released in the next few weeks. The number of students recognized 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, the Semi-Finalists represent the top 1 percent of high school seniors in the United States.

The 19 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.