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Published: Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 6:59 AM
More than 60 local high school seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists this week, based on their academic performance on the Preliminary SAT exam last school year.
About 1 percent of the 1.6 million students who took the PSAT nationally earned semifinalist status, by posting the highest scores in their state. Those students will be eligible for scholarships later this year through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Centerville, Beavercreek, Oakwood and Springboro high schools accounted for the majority of the local semifinalists.
Each state gets a certain number of semifinalists, proportional to its share of the nation’s students, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, so the cutoff score varies from state to state.
Numerous other students who just missed the cutoff score are named Commended Students.
Here are the local semifinalists, by school:
Beavercreek: Sonia Beltz, Nora Himed, Tiffany Huang, Abigail Kurian, Brianna Mallare, Rachel McNutt, Anthony Ngo, Hari Parameswaran, Brian Rihm, Anthony Veneziano, Dhira Venkatramani, Kayla Vonder Embse.
Bellbrook: Rachel Kahler, Elise Kemper, Andrea Szep
Bishop Fenwick: Sean McCarthy
Carlisle: Ryland Scott
Centerville: Kevin Fillingim, Sanjeev Gunawardena, Miranda Ingram, Shravan Kalahasthy, Hyunil Kim, Kyu-bin Kong, Logan Matson, Emma Meilinger, Justin Moell, Jamaluddin Pracha, Olivia Ralston, Benjamin Thomas, Kevin Yin
Chaminade Julienne: Avery Meyer
Clinton-Massie: Joshua Hurley
Covington: Seth Daly, Elizabeth Schafer
Homeschooled (Beavercreek): Josiah Virnig
Kettering Fairmont: Elizabeth Cordonnier, Conor Doyle, Luke Kremer
Lebanon: Emma Miller, Megan Palmer
Miamisburg: Alexander Chapman
Miami Valley School: Amay Kejriwal, Vennela Vallabhaneni
Oakwood: William Ayres, Gabrielle Echevarria, Rebecca Gentry, Maria Gorman, William Janning, Jack Lynch, Charles Ross, Peter Salisbury, Taylor Shineman, Philippa Zhang
Springboro: William Bach, Cole Mousa, Evan Phillippi, Shea Schell, Grace Sullivan, Samuel Ulrich, Spencer Virtue, Heema Vyas, Joshua Wang
Troy: Ethan West