September 9, 2015
Sycamore Community Schools is proud to announce that more than a dozen Sycamore High School students have been recognized for demonstrating exceptional academic ability.
Seventeen Sycamore High School students have been named National Merit Scholar semifinalists, placing them in the top one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability based on their performance on the PSAT taken during the junior year. These talented students are part of about 16,000 national semifinalists who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 scholarships worth about $32 million.
Sycamore’s National Merit semifinalists are: Meagan R. Haupt, Caroline Y. Gao, Anna C. Zhou, Julia E. Kumar, Rachit Kumar, Sabrina K. Kaul, Alexis L. Rile, Elizabeth F. Fitzgerald. Serena K. Kaul, Maya U. Sheth, Raquel A. Levitt, Sam P. Bou-Ajram, Rachel M. Haupt, Priscilla J. Wu, Elijah D. Zawatsky, John McCann and Mikhail T. Sweeney. This year’s semifinalist list includes one set of twins and part of a set of triplets.
The group now awaits notice to learn if they have become National Merit finalists. To become a finalist, the student and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. Last year, 21 Sycamore High School students were recognized as finalists.
The SHS students will be honored at an upcoming Board of Education meeting and will be announced at an upcoming Sycamore football game.