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6 HHS Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

National Merit Semifinalists

Highland High School is proud to announce that it has 6 National Merit Semifinalists for the 2021-22 school year. Congratulations to the following Highland seniors:

  • Andrew Chand, son of David Chand of Copley Township and Addie Chand-Hull of Granger Township. 
  • Emily Dunn, daughter of Julie Dunn of Montville Township.
  • Brian Marasco, son of Brian and Valerie Marasco of Sharon Township.
  • Jackson Shaw, son of Jeffrey and Marcie Shaw of Sharon Township.
  • Drew Thomas, son of Marc and Diane Thomas of Montville Township.
  • Jason Yen, son of Daniel and Vickie Yen of Hinckley Township.

These academically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalists level of the competition.

About 16,000 students were notified recently that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented students from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist. Finalists will be named in the Spring of 2022. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. 

Pictured from left are Andrew Chand, Jackson Shaw, Drew Thomas, Emily Dunn, Brian Marasco and Jason Yen

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