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Seven Strongsville High School Students Recognized in National Merit Program

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Dan Foust, Communications Coordinator
Strongsville City Schools


Seven Strongsville High School Students
Recognized in National Merit Program

SHS Has Two National Merit Semi Finalists & Five Commended Students

Strongsville, OH (October 19, 2018) - Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists and 35,000 Commended Students nationwide in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Two Strongsville High School students earned National Merit Semifinalist status, and five were named Commended Students.

National Merit Semifinalists: Ben Blickle & Shrina Jasani

National Merit Commended Students: Erin Horvath, Sakshsa Krishnan, Saaya Morton, Lauren Sapienza, Cole Ventresca

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of National Merit Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are among the highest scoring entrants in each state. National Merit Commended Students are among the top 2% and placing among the top 50,000 students in the nation.

National Merit Semifinalists have the opportunity to compete for National Merit Finalist scholarships. Semifinalists and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must also be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay, and earn qualifying SAT scores.

“We are proud of this year’s National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students. These seven students represent some of the very best of Strongsville students. We look forward to Ben’s and Shrina’s  potential next steps in the National Merit selection process and are confident that this is another step toward future significant accomplishments by both of them. Congratulations to all seven of our students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program,” said Dr. Mark Smithberger, Principal at Strongsville High School.


National Merit Students

Strongsville High School’s National Merit Semifinalists & Commended Students (L to R)
Ben Blickle, Erin Horvath, Lauren Sapienza, Saaya Morton,
Shrina Jasani, Sakshsa Krishnan, Cole Ventresca


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