Two Bexley students were named winners of National Merit scholarships.

Two Bexley students were named winners of National Merit scholarships.

National Merit winners must score well on a qualifying exam and have strong academic records, school recommendations and essays. Winners receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Sarah B. Fedner attends Bexley High School.

"I got commended," she said. "It wasn't a huge surprise. It was nice to know."

Fedner said she generally receives good test scores. She has always lived in Bexley and plans to attend the University of Chicago. She hasn't decided on her major.

"It will have something to do with language and education," she said. "It is one of those two. I still have to figure it out."

Fedner plays in the Bexley High School band and is member of the orchestra. She is also a member of the art club. Favorite subjects include Spanish, English and math.

"I like Spanish and English a lot," Fedner said. "Those are the two languages that I want to go into."

The other winner, Tessa P. Maurer, is a student at Columbus School for Girls.

She said it was rewarding to be recognized as a National Merit finalist.

"Once I was a finalist, I still wasn't sure that I was going to get any more," she said. "It was rewarding to finally get something substantial out of it."

Maurer plans to attend Princeton University, where she will major in civil engineering.

"I like the fact that leaves a lot of options open for me," she said. "I can go to grad school, the Peace Corps. I don't have to be an engineer. It provides a lot of problem-solving skills."

She is a longtime student at CSG, except for her sophomore year, which she spent in Argentina as part of the Rotary Exchange program for 11 months. That experience provided a way of learning that was different from the typical classroom.

CSG has done a very good job, she said, teaching her long-term skills such as organization, discipline, writing and public speaking. She thinks these will be useful in any career field.

Her activities include theater, orchestra and choir. She is a member of the school's robotics team.

CSG Upper School director David Gould said Maurer is an amazing student and will be missed. He said Maurer came back from Argentina with a "level of maturity that few see in young people her age."

"She has an adventurous spirit and underlying energy to involve herself in a variety of activities -- from music to robotics to theater," Gould said. "She has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a student who is always striving to better herself."

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