TWINSBURG — Six National Merit semi-finalists and four National Merit Commended Scholars were honored at the Twinsburg Board of Education’s Oct. 18 meeting.

"We are lucky and excited to announce we have six semi-finalists in the halls of our high school," said Louise Teringo, Twinsburg High School principal. Teringo said the last time Twinsburg High School had six finalists was in 2006.

National Merit Semi-Finalists included Jared Bray, Justin Clement, Nithya Kasibhatla, Nathan Moeliono, Jeremy Nemec, and Danielle Pitlor

Four students named National Merit Commended Scholars were also recognized at the Board meeting. They included McKenna Backo, Zachary Dobrski, Soumil Jain and Aaryan Singh.

The National Merit Scholarship Program, according to information provided by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a nation-wide scholarship competition with about 1.6 million entrants a year. An average of 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index Scores qualify for recognition. Of those 50,000, about 34,000 receive Letters of Commendation and are considered Commended Students. About 16,000 students are named as semi-finalists. In February, around 15,000 semi-finalists will be notified that they have been named as finalists.

After that, about 7,500 finalists will receive a scholarship through the program. 

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