Twenty-One Shaker Students Named National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students

October 2, 2017—Twenty-one members of the Shaker Heights High School Class of 2018 have been named Semifinalists and Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

This year's National Merit Semifinalists from Shaker are Gautam Apte, Daniel B.Crouse, Sarah Grube, Seamus Scanlon, Gabriel Sekeres, Sophia Solganik, Madeleine Suna, Jocelyn Ting, and Anna Walker. These students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring, and will be candidates for other scholarships as well.

The National Merit Commended Students are Krysta-Marie Aulak, Garrett Child, Gabriel Dacanay, Isabel Fedewa, Ruby Gibson, Geoffrey Grossman-McKee, Bethany Lowenkamp, Emma Neil, Adnan Reddy, Julia Shin, Sriram Sundararajan and Honor Zetzer.

Nationwide, 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists have been designated from approximately 1.6 million program entrants in more than 22,000 high schools. Representing less than 1 percent of each state's high school seniors, Semifinalists are in the state's highest-scoring students on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

These scholastically talented seniors are considered top candidates for admission to the most selective colleges. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in March 2018 and concluding mid-June 2018. 

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