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Our National Merit Semifinalists

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Five members of the Madeira High School (MHS) Class of 2020 have been named as National Merit Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Elizabeth Bellayuto, Samuel Bernicke, Grant Breit, Olivia Hopkin and Zhuo-Nan Huang will continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered in the spring of 2020.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Nicholas Bartson and Payton Oliver were named as National Merit Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program, in recognition of their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).

Congratulations to these, and all our Madeira students who help maintain the district’s standard of excellence!




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Above: MHS 2019 National Merit Semifinalists (Row 1 L to R): Elizabeth Bellayuto, Olivia Hopkin. (Row 2): Grant Breit, Zhuo-Nan Huang, Samuel Bernicke

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Above: MHS 2019 National Merit Commended Students (L to R): Payton Oliver, Nicholas Bartson





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