Reynoldsburg High School senior Nick Elliott has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

Reynoldsburg High School senior Nick Elliott has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

Elliott, son of Lisa and Brian Elliott, said he is undecided about which collge to attend, but is considering The Ohio State University, Cornell University or possibly MIT.

He said he earned semifinalist status after scoring 212 out of 240 on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests (PSAT) he took last year.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm his or her earlier performance on the qualifying test, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp.'s website.

Elliott said he has always been interested in math and science. His main focus of study in college will be in some type of engineering, he said.

He began playing the cello in the fifth grade and has played in the school orchestra for the past eight years. He is also a member of the high school soccer team and the LEO Club, a community service organization affiliated with the Reynoldsburg Lions Club.

Beginning this semester he spends every afternoon of the week at OSU, where he is studying calculus through the post-secondary education option program.

"We're tickled," his mother said. "We're proud of him. He works hard and it's nice to see that awarded.

"He's been very successful in math and science from the very beginning, ever since first grade. There's just certain things he understands that comes easy to him," she said.

Elliott said his years at RHS have been good ones.

"For me, it's been a pretty good experience," he said. "I've had a lot of teachers that I've really liked."

He said his favorite teachers include Algebra II teacher Cathy Macioce, history teacher Gina Daniels, and student counselor Donna Miracle, who assisted him in putting together the application for the National Merit Scholarship finalist program.