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September 16, 2011

Edmond boasts 25 National Merit semifinalists

EDMOND — Wednesday officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of 25 Edmond-area students who are semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Of the 25 semifinalists, two attend Deer Creek High School, six attend Memorial High School, 10 attend North High School, two attend Santa Fe High School, two are home schooled, one attends Oklahoma Christian Academy and two attend Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

More than 16,000 students were named semifinalists and about 90 percent of those are expected to fulfill all requirements to become finalists. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, is made up of the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Deer Creek High School’s two semifinalists are: Carey M. McCachern, son of John and Cindy McCachern; and Lauren M. Lewis, daughter of Todd and Tina Lewis.

Six Edmond Memorial High School students named semifinalists include: Kaler R. Campbell, son of Lyle and Carol Campbell; Alexander Craig, son of Jeff and Michele Craig; Elizabeth Fish, son of Mark and Jennifer Fish; Bennett Oden, son of Andy and Adrienne Oden; Jasmine Pascoe, daughter of Handel and Renee Brown Pascoe; and Louis Utsch, son of Louis and Shelly Utsch.   

The 10 Edmond North High School students on the list are: Madison Bower, daughter of Matthew and Jill Bower; Nicholas Cave, son of Rodney and Alison Cave; Claire Choquette, daughter of Rouye and LaVern Choquette; James Depp, son of Paul and Gale Depp; Angela Metcalf, daughter of Jordan and Jane Metcalf; Faye Reiley, daughter of Bill and Jan Reiley; John Roberts, son of William and Jayne Roberts; Rakesh Sawh, son of Ravindranauth and Kathleen Sawh; Andrea Stein, daughter of Wayne and Valerie Stein; and Zhiren Zhu, son of Huaiping Zhu and Youling Gu.

Edmond Santa Fe High School’s two students named semifinalists are Victoria Mooers, daughter of Blaine and Gloria Mooers; and Sarah Myers, daughter of Richard and SongMi Myers.

Edmond home schooled students named as semifinalists are Christina E. Gould, daughter of Gary and Beth Gould; and Abigail Jegaraj.

Oklahoma Christian Academy has one student named a National Merit semifinalist. She is Anna E. Taylor, daughter of Michael and Sharon Taylor.

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School has two students named semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Scott Witcher, son of Lee Witcher; and Nate Yokell, son of Richard and Kathleen Yokell.

“We congratulate our semifinalists on this tremendous achievement,” said Superintendent David Goin in a news release Thursday. “They are to be commended for their academic excellence, leadership skills and college readiness.”

To become a semifinalist the student must have an outstanding high school academic record, be endorsed and recommended by their school principal and submit SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance.

In addition, the student and school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s self-descriptive essay and information about the Semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

“These students push themselves in all areas of their lives,” said Edmond North Principal Jason Pittenger in a release. “These are the students who can be found taking multiple AP courses, involving themselves in several extracurricular activities and volunteering their time to outside organizations. We are so proud of them and their success.”

Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their accomplishments as well as the potential for success in college, without regard to race, religion or gender. The names of the finalists will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. | 341-2121, ext. 171

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