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Seven Hills Congratulates 8 National Merit Semifinalists

top row: Alex Jiang, Zachary Sorscher, Bennett Smith, Tigar Cyr; seated: Kathy Wang, Kate Coley, Claire Stewart, Fatima Anwar (photo by Barb Hepp)

The Seven Hills School continues its tradition of excellence with eight Seven Hills seniors – 9.5 percent of the 2016 senior class – qualifying as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of semifinalists on the morning of Sept. 9.

The Seven Hills School congratulates the following National Merit Semifinalists: Fatima Anwar of Indian Hill, Katherine Coley of Columbia Tusculum, Tigar Cyr of Hyde Park, Alex Jiang of Newtown, Bennett Smith of Columbia Tusculum, Zachary Sorscher, of Camp Dennison, Claire Stewart of Indian Hill, and Kathleen Wang of Mason.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition that honors talented U.S. high school students. Historically, more than 90 percent of Seven Hills students who earn National Merit semifinalist recognition also qualify as finalists. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top one percent of the state’s senior students. Students qualify for recognition in the National Merit programs with their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT®.