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Villa Madonna, Covington Latin Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Two local students were named National Merit Semifinalists, their respective schools announced on Wednesday.

The River City News will run announcements from other schools as they are submitted.

Villa Madonna Academy announced that senior Jackson Herrema while Covington Latin School announced that student Joey Sodergren were named as semifinalists, among roughly 16,000 across the country.

Jackson, of Covington, and Sodergren, of Cincinnati, were recognized based on their 2018 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores. They each have the opportunity to continue in the National Merit Scholarship Program to compete for more than $32 million in scholarships to be awarded in the spring.

This year marks the fourteenth consecutive that a Covington Latin student has reached the "commended" or semifinalist list.

"Joey is an excellent student and an extremely conscientious young man,” said Joseph Gressock, headmaster of Covington Latin School. “He and his family truly deserve the recognition and we wish him the best throughout the rest of the National Merit."

-Staff report

Top photo: Jackson Herrema

Bottom photo: Joey Sodergren

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