District boasts eight Merit Semifinalists
Eight Westerville seniors, two at Westerville Central High School and six at Westerville South High School, have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.
Taryn Nugent, daughter of Patrick and Maryann Nugent, is a member of the American Sign Language Club and Young Democrats. She participates in the district's Zoo School program, spending mornings participating in hands-on lessons at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Nugent plans to study evolutionary biology at the University of Rochester.
Meghan Wilson, the daughter of Heidi and Andrew Wilson, is secretary of the National Honor Society and a class officer. She's a dancer and horseback rider and a member of 4H.
Wilson plans to study international relations in college.
Kieran Arens, the daughter of Christopher and Shana Arens, is a member of the junior varsity ice hockey team, the lacrosse team, In the Know and the National Honor Society. She's a youth hockey assistant coach.
Arens plans to major in physics.
Grant Augenstein, son of John and Holly Augenstein, is a member of the tennis team, National Honor Society and Young Conservatives. He participates in youth groups and volunteers at Westerville tennis camps and at the Westerville Public Library.
Augenstein plans to study biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Michigan or the University of Cincinnati.
McKenna Davis, the daughter of Malcolm and Laurie Davis, is a member of the varsity tennis and lacrosse teams, the National Honor Society and Young Conservatives. She participates in theater, is a jazz pianist and a youth group leader at Central College Presbyterian Church.
Davis plans to study theoretical physics.
Michaela Fallon, the daughter of Sandee Murphy and Kelly Fallon, is a member of the cooking club, the National Honor Society and In the Know. She works in the makeup department for theater productions and is a middle-school mentor.
Out of school, Fallon is an Irish dancer, a member of the Daughters of Erin Junior Division and a volunteer with My Very Own Blanket.
She plans to study communications and English.
Benjamin Potts, the son of Michael and Melanie Potts, is a member of the tennis team, Young Conservatives and the National Honor Society. Out of school, he works with Westerville tennis camps.
Potts plans to study engineering.
Vid Saunders, the son of Randall Saunders and Karen Yingling, is a member of the Young Conservatives and participated in Rotary Youth Exchange.
Saunders plans to study pharmacy at the University of Toledo.
Westerville South students who were recognized as Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. were Allison McMurray, daughter of Scott and Katie McMurray; Gina Paganini, daughter of Bruno Paganini and Janice Berry-Paganini; and Lilly Tesfai, daughter of Dawit and Asefash Tesfai.