Students earn distinguished national recognition

| September 25, 2015

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Photo: Ben Fetterman, Liam Hodgson, Emelyn Hatch and Ian Birdwell are being honored for their exceptional academic ability.

Solanco High School senior Emelyn Hatch is being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as one of America’s top students! Emelyn has been named as a semifinalist in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. According to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, about 1.5 million juniors entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program, and the nationwide pool of semifinalists  that Emelyn is in represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors! Students  qualified as semifinalists based on their 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test scores.
To receive consideration as a finalist who will compete for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32-million, Emelyn and other semifinalists are required to provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors received. Students must be recommended by their high school, write an essay, and earn qualifying  SAT scores.
In addition, the National Merit Scholarship Program has named seniors Ian Birdwell, Benjamin Fetterman and Liam Hodgson as Commended Students. Although they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, their recognition as Commended Students is a prestigious national honor.


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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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