Twenty-five students from Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 earned the distinction of being named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars. The students were honored by the D210 Board of Education and team of district administrators during a ceremony held Thursday, Oct. 10, at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.
"It is through their hard work and dedication to their studies that they have been able to set themselves apart academically," Superintendent R. Scott Tingley said. "We congratulate these students who have taken advantage of the support from their parents and teachers and have made the most of their opportunities at Lincoln-Way."
Organized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and now in its 59th year, the program identifies academically talented high school students throughout the nation. Preliminary screening is based on students' PSAT exam results taken junior year, according to the National Merit website. Commended students — about 34,000 who qualified nationwide this year — receive letters of recognition.
This year's semifinalists, about 16,000 students representing less than 1 percent of the nation's high school graduating seniors, can continue on to compete for finalist or scholar standing based on certain criteria, including outstanding high school academic record and high SAT scores. More than $35 million worth of scholarships are available to National Merit Scholars. Results will be announced in April 2014.
The 10 students named as National Merit Semifinalists are Jeremy Cleveland, Michelle Dundek, Anthony Kestel, Lisa Meister, Jana Mudrock, Kasper Borys, Kurt Lezon, George Rung IV, John Larson and Peter Grubisich.
The students named as National Merit Commended Scholars are Andrew Munch, Megan Johnston, Alexander Arseneau, Emily Davis, Alexandra Dworakowski, Andrew Kadela, Aaron Perch, Michael Rossetto, Emily Sheetz, Grant Whitman, Anthony Costella, Calvin Duong, Jack Quirk, Nicole Suhm and Richard Puig.
National Merit semifinalist Jeremy Cleveland, a senior at LW Central, had some practical advice for achieving academic success.
"Get a good night's rest," he said.
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