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Two Recent Graduates of Strongsville High School Are National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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Dan Foust, Communications Coordinator
Strongsville City Schools


Two Recent Graduates of Strongsville High School
Are National Merit Scholarship Finalists


Strongsville, OH (June 11, 2020) - Two recent graduates of Strongsville High School have been selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Samantha Hepp and Dylan Hyun, both from the SHS Class of 2020, will compete for 7,500 corporate, college, and National Merit Scholarships. 

Samantha Hepp was the Phi Beta Kappa recipient for this year’s graduating class and will be attending Case Western Reserve University to study mechanical engineering. Samantha played violin in the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Strings. She was a member of National Honors Society, Key Club, French Honors Society, and Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honors Society), and was president of Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honors Society) and Co President of French Club. Samantha was also a 6-time national gold medalist with the “Heartbeats” Jump Rope team.

“There have been so many teachers that are so passionate about what they do and have inspired me to become the best I can be, and I’ve had so many laughs and memories with friends that I’ll treasure forever. High school was a lot of hard work and late nights studying, but I’ll always look back on these four years with a smile. I can’t imagine having a better foundation for the future than all of my time at SHS,” said Samantha Hepp, National Merit Finalist from Strongsville High School.

Dylan Hyun will be attending Stanford University, where he plans to study ecology and ethics. Throughout his four years at Strongsville High School, he was  a member of the marching and jazz bands, and also created the philosophy club. 

“It was not the academics at Strongsville High School that shaped who I am today. It was the teachers who helped me understand the world. The faculty who helped me navigate the world. And my peers who offered fresh perspectives that changed the way that I think about the world. The people I met and the relationships we shared constructed a new understanding of education for me: we learn most not from the books we read, but from the conversations we share,” said Dylan Hyun, National Merit Finalist from Strongsville High School.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Samantha and Dylan were among the less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and the highest scoring entrants in Ohio to be named National Merit Semifinalists. These two Strongsville High School graduates are among the approximately 15,000 students nationwide earning the designation of National Merit Finalist.

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