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KHS National Merit Semifinalists

Posted on: September 12, 2018
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The Kings Local School District is proud to announce that three Kings High School Seniors have been chosen as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Congratulations to Jackson Hacker, Caroline Mott, and Dorothy Nie who are among the highest-scoring entrants in the state of Ohio.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 PSAT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Jackson, Caroline, and Dorothy are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual scholarship program.

KHS Principal, Doug Leist said, “This is a tremendous accomplishment for our students. We are proud to have three semifinalists at Kings High School. Again, we are reminded that our Kings students, teachers, and programs are prepared to excel and can compete among the nation's elite.  We look forward to following Jackson, Caroline, and Dorothy’s academic career!"

Jackson is the son of Rick and Wendy Hacker.  Although he is undecided on where he will be attending college, his future plans include studying either Computer Science or Chemical Engineering. Currently, Jackson is Vice-President of the Class of 2019.

Caroline’s proud parents are James and Kelly Mott. Caroline is planning on attending a college or university in the Pacific Northwest to study Geology. She has already received an Associate of Science degree from Sinclair College through the College Credit Plus Program.

Dorothy is the daughter of Haiping Nie and Jianjian Huang. Dorothy plans on majoring in Engineering but is still undecided on where she will attend. She spends her time volunteering and is an officer in the KHS Spanish National Honor Society.

In the Spring of 2019, the Semifinalists will be notified whether they have advanced to the Finalist level. The Finalists will have the opportunity to then compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a prestigious academic competition for recognition and scholarship that began in 1955.  High school students enter the National Merit Program as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test --a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year -- and by meeting additional program requirements.