Sycamore Community Schools is proud to announce 16 Sycamore High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholar semifinalists. This national distinction places them in the top one percent of high school seniors in the U.S.
The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability based on their performance on the PSAT taken during the junior year. This year the cut off score was raised to 219. This is the highest it has ever been for Ohio students.
Sycamore’s National Merit semifinalists are: Jenna Bao, Rishav Dasgupta, David Godar, Jacob Hasselbeck, Kaitlyn Jiang, Lalitha Konda, Sam Lee, Harsimran Makkad, Alex Newberg, Aidan Reckamp, Nikhil Sekar, Max Snyder, Luke Tenbarge, Kiri Wang, Jiin Woo, and Michael Xiang.
These talented students are part of about 16,000 national semifinalists who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 scholarships worth $33 million that will be offered next spring. In February, around 15,000 Semifinalists in the nation are notified by mail that they have advanced to Finalist standing.
Sycamore High School had the fourth highest number of National Merit semifinalists in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Sycamore Class of 2018 has 430 members with a median GPA of 3.478.
Sycamore’s National Merit Scholar semifinalists will be honored at an upcoming Board of Education meeting and will be announced at the Sycamore football game on September 28.
In the next few weeks, Sycamore High School will also announce the names of students who earned commended status in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.