Worthington school board members recognized seniors who achieved finalist status in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program competition.

At the March 13 meeting, board member Julie Keegan said seniors Sekou Conde, Ian Jones, Aritrika Malakar, Joy Smith and Noah Zhang scored in the “top 1/2 of 1 percent in the nation” on the SAT test to achieve finalist standing.

“It is my pleasure to recognize these students, who took the first (prequalifying) test in October 2015, then had to wait months until the results, until they were named semifinalists,” Keegan said. “Then they had to write an essay and get a recommendation letter and take the SAT test to confirm their results.

“Not only are these super smart kids among us, but they are also patient and diligent."

As finalists, the students will be considered for $2,500 National Merit scholarships and a number of college and corporate scholarships.

Meeting change

The next Worthington school board meeting was moved to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Worthington Education Center, 200 East Wilson Bridge Road. The meeting was previously scheduled March 27.

Board President Jennifer Best said the meeting was moved to allow school board members to attend an Ohio School Boards Association meeting.