Dublin Villager

Dublin has 26 Merit semifinalists

Dublin City Schools had 26 students named National Merit Semifinalists, the most for one district in the state.

The honor given out last week by the National Merit Corporation for student performance on the PSAT/NMSQT goes to about 16,000 students or the top third of high scoring students nationwide.

"To have 26 in one district is just outstanding," Superintendent Todd Hoadley said at a Sept. 9 board of education meeting. "We should be proud as a district."

The 26 high school seniors will be honored at an October board of education meeting for the accomplishment.

"These 26 students have earned a highly valued national recognition due to their outstanding scores on the PSAT test, a powerful indicator of college readiness," Hoadley said.

The district also confirmed that Dublin City Schools had the most students reach semifinalist status in the state.

Dublin students named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists are:

* Coffman High School students Michael L. Chen, Rohit Joshi, Alexander M. Lacey, Timothy C. Martin and Andrew D. Wang;

* Jerome High School students Sanghoon Ahn, Jaclyn Chu, Jianyi Ding, Sofia Gomez, Rachel Gu, Margaret Heller, Jisoo Hong, Rongzhe Jin, Syeda Kamal, Brian King, Lauren Lin, Patrick Liu, Kai Lu, Jong Hyun Park, Ruoheng Qiu, Pranav Shankar, Mahalaksh Srinivasan, Sharonya Vadakattu, Cassidy Wang and Kaileen Zhang;

* Scioto High School student Sungju Park.

Semifinalists are asked to give the National Merit Corp. more information, including an essay to be considered for finalist status.

In February, 15,000 finalists will be named and from there National Merit Scholars are chosen. Scholars have a chance to win scholarships from companies, colleges and the National Merit Corp.