September 11, 2019—Nineteen members of the Shaker Heights High School Class of 2020 have been named Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
This year's National Merit Semifinalists from Shaker are Delaney Fedewa, Max Feinleib, Evan Grossman-McKee, Kevin Jiang, Jackson Lang, Brian Love, Alison Lupton, Hannah Shane and Katherine Stewart. 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.
In addition, ten members of the Class of 2020 were named Commended Students. They are: Leah Albers, Lucas DeLima, Grant Glasser, Molly Harper, Alexander Lee, Margaret Perry, Rachel Raddock, Matthew Schiavone, Joshua Shankman and Ella Ustin.
Our student group of Semifinalists represented the second-highest number of National Merit Semifinalists among public schools in Northeast Ohio, earning more semifinalist recognitions than Bay Village, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Lakewood, Mentor, Orange, Rocky River and Westlake high schools.
Nationwide, 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists have been designated from approximately 1.5 million program entrants in more than 21,000 high schools. Representing less than 1 percent of the country’s high school seniors, Semifinalists are in the state's highest-scoring students on the 2017 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 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April 2020 and concluding July 2020.
Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their performance on the PSAT. Nationwide, 34,000 students receive this honor.
Congratulations to these students!
(Updated September 19, 2019 to include Commended Students)