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Published: Thursday, 10/1/2009

Over 41 area students named National Merit semifinalists


More than 40 youngsters from southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio are among the 16,000 students across the country who have been named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships.

Semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of high school juniors nationwide, according to Eileen Artemakis, a spokesman for the scholarship program.

To qualify, high school juniors must excel on the Preliminary SAT, have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed by their high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier test performance.

To become a finalist, semifinalists must write an essay and submit a scholarship application in cooperation with a high school official.

Next spring, 8,200 students will be named National Merit Scholars and qualify for scholarships from a pool of about $36 million. The scholarship program will award 2,500 of these students college scholarships of $2,500 each.

Hillsdale Academy

Elizabeth S. Brady

Joseph D. Craig

James A. Jordan

Grace E. Leutheuser

Anna R. Woods

Lenawee Christian School

Emily R. Eagen

Bowling Green High School

Caleb W. Easterly

Bryan High School

Adam T. Coon

Findlay High School

Jessica R. Braddock

Jared D. Dryden (home school)

Cole T. Lautermilch

Emily R. Rivest

Lima Central Catholic High School

Cory R. Duff

Andrew J. Frankart

Maumee High School

Nichole M. Cousino

Lyndsay A. McCray

Maumee Valley Country Day School

Melissa L. Fickel

Yang Li

Gillian T. Osswald

Marilynn M. Willey

Notre Dame Academy

Colleen M. Smythe

Otsego High School

Hunter A. VanHorn

Ottawa Hills High School

Matthew C. Baron

James W. Zimmerman

Perrysburg High School

Lucy Y. Chen

James D. Lauback

Yufei Tian

Springfield High School

Alexander R. Keyes

St. Francis de Sales High School

Samuel P. Evola

St. John Jesuit High School

Laurence G. Baibak

John D. Brahier

Patrick J. Dungar

Johnathan N. Vidovich

St. Ursula Academy

Haley K. Herman

Rachel M. Kalinoski

Sylvania Northview High School

Connor C. McEwen

Nathan D. Miklovic

Sylvania Southview High School

Kyle A. Forrester

Alice Ou

Eric Podolsky

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