Two seniors from two different Hilliard high schools were recognized on Oct. 27 as National Merit Semifinalists.

Two seniors from two different Hilliard high schools were recognized on Oct. 27 as National Merit Semifinalists.

David Nicholas Roth, of Darby High School, and Taylor Gill, of Davidson High School, both scored high enough on their PSAT in October 2007 to be considered 2008 National Merit semifinalists.

They were introduced to the community during a regular meeting of the Hilliard City School District Board of Education held at Darby High School.

"For those of you who don't know, National Merit is the highest recognition that a student can receive academically in the country," Davidson Principal John Bandow said to the group of people assembled.

Last year in October, he said, 1.5-million students across the nation took the national qualifier test.

"Here in Hilliard City Schools, we have the cream of the crop represented before you tonight," said Bandow.

Ryan McClure, principal at Darby, said he is proud of the students and what they have accomplished.

"They have done some unbelievable things," he said.

Gill said she sent an application to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) the night before the meeting.

"I hope to go there to study chemistry and, possibly, mathematics," she said.

Roth intends to attend the University of California in Berkeley or Ohio State University.

"I'm going to be a stockbroker and become obscenely wealthy," he said.

Darby also had three students recognized as Commended Scholars, while Davidson had two.

Mario Carneiro, Noah Clark and Andrew Lust, of Darby, and Christopher Price and Kayleigh Hughes, of Davidson, were given the distinction of Commended Scholars.

Clark was not present during the recognition ceremony.

"He is at the 'In The Know' competition tonight competing for Darby High School," McClure said.

Clark's intent is focus on international relations and political science. He is applying to Duke University, Pennsylvania State, Georgetown and the University of Virginia.

Carneiro is applying to MIT and Case Western Reserve, where his goal is to study astrophysics.

Lust hopes to attend Ohio State University with a major in mechanical engineering.

Price is also looking at Ohio State, along with Miami University, as he considers a career in computer engineering.

Applications were placed by Hughes at Purdue University, the University of California-Berkley and Boston University. She said she is thinking about going into English.

Kaleigh L. Barnett, of Darby, and Netsanet Chevers, of Davidson, scored high enough to be National Achievement Scholarship Program participants as some of the most promising black American high school students.

"For Davidson, this is our third Achievement Scholar to be recognized," said Bandow.

Chevers said she is applying to the University of South Carolina, the University of Pittsburgh and Ohio State, with the hopes of majoring in mechanical engineering.

McClure said Barnett was in the top 4 percent of individuals who took the test.

Joe Palazzo, a guidance counselor at Darby, said parents were invited to the board meeting to watch as their children were recognized.

Clark's parents and Barnett's mother were among the group of spectators.

Barnett couldn't attend because she was in her last day of training on a new job.

McClure said Barnett is applying at Kent State, Ohio State, the University of Cincinnati and Wright State University. She wants to be a surgical nurse.