Three Avon Lake High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Students (L to R): Evan Danielson, Eddy Wolski and Irwin Deng

Avon Lake High School is pleased to announce three (3) senior students have been named as National Merit Semifinalists from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Approximately 16,000 students across the country were named as semifinalists in the scholarship competition.

National Merit Semifinalists:

Evan Danielson, 17 – parents Todd and Nan Danielson; School activities: Robotics, Math Team, Academic Challenge, Model United Nations; Potential college major(s): Aerospace engineering or aeronautical engineering; College(s) of interest: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Massachusetts), University of Cincinnati; Advice for other students: “Make sure you apply yourself to your studies”

Irwin Deng, 17 – parents Ping Deng and Changyun Nie; School activities: Band, Symphonic Band, tennis, Academic Challenge, Math Team, Science Olympiad, Key Club; Potential college major(s): Engineering, math or physics; College(s) of interest: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Advice for other students: “Don’t study too hard, make time to enjoy school”; Deng also scored a Perfect 36 on the ACT last year

Eddy Wolski, 17 – parents David and Lauri Wolski; School activities: Academic Challenge, Math Team, Robotics, Cross Country; Potential college major(s): Mechanical or electrical engineering, or physics; College(s) of interest: Carnegie Mellon University, Florida Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York); Advice for other students: “Relax and don’t worry about things too much”

This month, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers across the country, are being notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. In February 2020, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail that they have advanced to Finalist standing. For more information, go to

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