Six Lakota Seniors Take Top Honors, Named National Merit Semifinalists

Six Lakota Seniors Take Top Honors, Named National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/22/2017
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Six students from Lakota East and Lakota West high schools have earned positions as semifinalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program, recognizing the nation’s most academically talented high school seniors. Honorees include:

     Ryan Ackerman
 - Lakota East
     Alex Dunaway - Lakota East  
     Weston Lindner – Lakota East 
     Megan Merk - Lakota West
     Jacob Moore - Lakota West
     Steven Sweeney – Lakota West 

The Lakota seniors are among the approximately
16,000 students nationwide being named National Merit Semifinalists for their performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the PSAT, so these semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. 

"These three young men epitomize being a well-rounded student," said East Principal Suzanna Davis. "This achievement speaks to their dedication to their academic pursuits, as well as to the outstanding faculty members we have at Lakota East who continually challenge our students. We offer our congratulations to these young men and wish them the best of luck as they pursue National Merit Finalist status." 

"The National Merit program is extremely competitive and we are so proud of these members of the Class of 2018 for representing Lakota West on the national scale," said West Principal Elgin Card. "It will be exciting to cheer them on as they progress to the next round of the competition. The whole Lakota West community is behind them."  

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and nearly half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. The program will ultimately award more than $32 million in scholarships to about 7,500 students beginning next spring.

The National Merit Scholarship Program also announced these Commended Students:

Lakota East:
Hannah Ackerman
Amanda Bilkasley
Zachary Dendler
Joel Mathew
Sofia Seppi
Alexander Smith
Logan Steele
Logan Stumpf
Elaine Suer

Lakota West:
Kyle Cleavinger
Riley Downs
Michael Szucs

East National Merit semis

West National Merit semis