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National Merit program

All eight Hilliard semifinalists named finalists


The eight Hilliard high school seniors named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists all were named finalists in the competition.

Some 16,000 students were named semifinalists and approximately 15,000 were named finalists.

As finalists, the students are eligible for scholarships of various amounts, based on choice of school, field of study and employer.

Davidson High School had four finalists: Jason Ng, Kevin Qian, Elizabeth Sarkel and Jonathan Wegener.

Darby had three: Jared McCollum, Ellen Slater and Sarah Vermillion.

Bradley had one: Rachel Baker.

Most of the finalists have yet to commit to a college or university.

Among the Davidson finalists, Sarkel said she plans to study biology but remains undecided about a college or university.

Qian, likewise, said he plans to study biology but has not committed to a school.

Ng previously said he plans to major in engineering, possibly at Columbia University or the Ohio State University.

Wegener said he plans to study structural engineering at Ohio State.

At Darby High School, McCollum has narrowed his choices to Allegheny College or Indiana University in western Pennsylvania; Slater is considering Miami University, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania; and Vermillion's top choice is Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., according to principal Joyce Brickley.

Baker is the first student at Bradley High School to become a semifinalist and a finalist since the school opened on 2009.

Baker previously said she plans to major in psychology and her top choice for a school is Ohio University.

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