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Shady Side Academy seniors qualify for National Merit Scholarships

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 11:12 a.m.
Shady Side Academy students Ava Kronman and Callie Davis build a robot
Kathleen Kersnick
Shady Side Academy students Ava Kronman and Callie Davis build a robot

Seven Shady Side Academy seniors were named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students will continue in the competition vying for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million offered in the spring. The semifinalists are Ashvin Dhawan of Hampton, Charlotte Everett of Fox Chapel, Seungwon “Jackie” Kim of McCandless, Maxwell Kurke of Squirrel Hill, Jeanne Lauer, Robert Sveda and Justin Yuan of Monroeville.

About 1.6 million high school juniors took the qualifying test for the scholarships last year. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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