Five Olentangy students have qualified as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, giving them a chance to compete for approximately 8,000 scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.
The Olentangy students are among more than one million high school students across the country who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of those entrants, approximately 16,000 high scorers qualify as semifinalists.
Semifinalists represent the highest scores on the PSAT/NMSQT. Olentangy students named 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists are:**
- Tyler Aquilina, Olentangy High School (OHS)
- Celena Hsiung, OHS
- Rachel Carline, Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS)
- Charles Niu, OLHS
- Karthik Urs, OLHS
The National Merit Scholarship Program has also released its list of Commended Students. These students were among the top 50,000 highest scores on the PSAT/NMSQT but did not achieve semifinalist status. They will receive letters of commendation in recognition of outstanding academic promise.
Olentangy students named 2015 National Merit Commended Students are:
- Namrata Arya, OHS
- Lauren Calogero, OHS
- Delaney McMurtrie, OHS
- Tanner Belknap, OLHS
- Himanshu Dashora, OLHS
- Samantha Dawson, OLHS
- Anjali Dubbaka, OLHS
- John Hoffman, OLHS
- Michael Kalmar, OLHS
- Dylan Law, OLHS
- Isabella Marcucci, OLHS
- Emma Ranalli, OLHS
- Andrew Runyon, OLHS
- Olivia Kamer, Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS)
- Max Springer, OOHS
Kiahna Tucker from OOHS has been named a Semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding black American high school students. Black students may have entered both the 2015 National Achievement Program and the 2015 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.(PSAT/NMSQT).
Congratulations to all of these outstanding Olentangy scholars!
For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit www.nationalmerit.org.
For more information on the National Achievement Scholarship Program, visit http://www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php
**Olentangy has permission from these students and their parents to list full names and schools in this announcement.