Two Avon Lake High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Robert Nordman and Morgan Strauss

Avon Lake High School is pleased to announce two senior students have been named as National Merit Semifinalists from the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Approximately 16,000 students across the country were named as semifinalists in the scholarship competition.

National Merit Semifinalists:

Robert Nordman – parents Rob and Heather Nordman; School activities: Chess Club president, Math and Science Club, Photography Club, Academic Challenge, Drama Club. Potential college major: Computer Science. College(s) of interest: Boston University, Illinois University, Brown University, The Ohio State University

Morgan Strauss – parents Keith and Jeanette Strauss; School activities: Model UN, Science Olympiad, Academic Challenge, National Honor Society, Math and Science Club; Potential college major: Engineering, Biomedical engineering; College(s) of interest: Northwestern, Georgia Tech

The National Merit program recognizes students with high PSAT scores and a strong academic record. Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors across the country this year will compete for 7,400 scholarships — a total of $32 million. Semi-finalists represent less than 1 percent of American high school seniors. Approximately 15,000 students will advance to the finalist round in February, and learn if they won in the spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Approximately 90 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semi-finalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semi-finalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.


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