Eighty-two District 214 students earn National Merit recognition

Updated 10/22/2021 9:33 AM

Eighty-two High School District 214 seniors have been honored as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists or Commended Students.

Buffalo Grove High School Semifinalists are Vishnuh Bala, Celia Cortopassi, Irina Kryukov, Kevin Rabinak, Spencer Sadler and Harmony Sosa; Commended students are Reilly Allen, Lauren Benjamin, Hwando Jang, Sanjay Manoj, Sarah Ragland, Ally Robertson, Alexander Safonov, Eli Shereshovech and Kamil Waz.


Elk Grove High School Semifinalists are Megan Shafar and Bernard Waters; Commended students are William McGarry, John Waters and Ethan York.

John Hersey High School Semifinalists are Robert Borland, Evelyn Browning, Madeline Burda, Gabriel Dubowski, Danielle Ewing, Elizabeth Ferrazza, Patrick Radoll, Charles Schmidt, Adam Stanhope, Colin Stanhope and Taylor Tracz; Commended students are Alison Beck, Anna Burns, Rebecca Caliendo, Courtney Clayton, Colin Dragan, Ryan Faley, Claire Gao, Andrew Hamilton, Brandon Kim, Michael Kim, John Lifka, Lauren Lubbe, Bridget McCarthy, Hannah Pignataro, Julian Spire, Christian Tsevis, Nicole Vitogiannis, Sophia Wilhelm and Jack Wojtowicz.

Prospect High School Semifinalists are Meghan Paral and Hannah Pescaru; Commended students are Justin Baek, Allison Biewenga, Ella Boesen, Luke Brown, Jacob Daluga, Joseph Delahunty, Isabela Erfort, Mackenzie Fieser, Anika Knipple, Maya Kusalovic, Jeongmin Lee, Whitney Madler, Erin McCluskey, Sylvia Merz, William Salzmann, Devon Spielman Solheim and Ryan Uemura.

Rolling Meadows High School Semifinalists are Lily Kim and Carter Powers; Commended students are Frances Bajorat, Oliver Basza, Madelyn Bixby, Joseph Emmerson, Kendall Fahnoe, Cole Martin, Dawid Oleksy and Carter Wachtel.

Wheeling High School Commended students are Andreea Haidau, Peter Kubakh and Ivaylo Maksimov.

National Merit Semifinalists, numbering about 16,000 nationwide, have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization established in 1955. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Commended students represent those whose scores place them in the top 3 to 4 percent of all students applying for scholarships.

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