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More Local Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Several more local high school seniors were named as National Merit Semifinalists this week.

Covington Latin School senior Michelle Bitter and Villa Madonna seniors Sydney O'Connor and Nicholar Weaver have been named as 2016 Semifinalists.

Approximately 16,000 high school seniors nationwide are recognized as Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States. These individuals are selected as Semifinalists based on their score on the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They are the top-scoring students in each state and will have the opportunity to continue in the National Merit Scholarship Program to compete for more than $32 million in scholarships that will be awarded in the spring.

Bitter's recognition as a Semifinalist represents the tenth year in a row that Covington Latin has had students reach the Commended or Semifinalist level, with Semifinalists in 9 of those 10 years.

"Michelle Bitter is an excellent student and, being the daughter of an alumnus, she is continuing a family legacy here at Latin School,” said Mo Woltering, Headmaster of Covington Latin School. “She and her family truly deserve the recognition and we wish her the best throughout the rest of the National Merit process."

Bitter is the daughter of Mark, CLS class of 1981, and Shelli Bitter.


NDA Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Four students from Notre Dame Academy have been named National Merit Semifinalists. NDA seniors, Andrea Davis, Carly Gross, Kelsey Sucher and Lily Thaman, were among the 16,000 Semifinalists named in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 
These academically talented high school seniors now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To become finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program these young women must now submit scholarship applications that include information about their academic records, co-curricular activities, leadership abilities, honors, awards and employment. 
"We are extremely proud of these NDA scholars and their selection as National Merit Semifinalists," said Mr. Jack VonHandorf, Principal of Notre Dame Academy. "They are to be commended for their commitment to academic excellence and diligence in the classroom. We congratulate these young women and their families as we celebrate this honor."
Staff report/Photo: Michelle Bitter (provided)


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