The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced its annual list of National Merit Semifinalists, recognizing four seniors at Oak Hills High School. National Merit Semifinalists represent the top one percent of PSAT test takers in Ohio. The students who were named National Merit Semifinalists from Oak Hills are Abigail Coogan, Andrew Evans, William Oyler and Casey Schablein.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as the initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
“This award is a testament to the students’ hard work and dedication to their studies,” Oak Hills High School principal John Stoddard said. “These four semifinalists are the most that Oak Hills has had in one year. We are proud of these students as they are a reflection of the excellence we possess in our student body and in our educational opportunities at Oak Hills High School.”
To become a National Merit finalist, each semifinalist and his or her high school are required to complete a detailed scholarship application, that provides information about the candidate’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
All of the Oak Hills High School students who receive recognition from the National Merit Corporation will be honored before the start of the Oak Hills Highlander football game on September 23.