School briefs

May 10, 2014 

Five fifth grade students from Britt David Magnet Academy were honored to attend the Holocaust Memorial Service at Temple Israel to read poems they had written from the perspective of the tree at the gates of Auschwitz. The students were, from left, Grant Briscoe, Jonah Treiber, Jenna Carroll and Saili Kudchadkar. Not pictured: Claire Nicholson.

John Faught and Yelim Youm, both from Columbus High School, have been awarded a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholars were selected by a committee of college admission officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools; the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist and a recommendation written by a high school official. This year's competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October 2012 when approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation's high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state representational basis. From the Semifinalist group, 15,000 students met the high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level. By the conclusion of the 2014 program, about 8,000 Finalists will have earned the "Merit Scholar" title and received a total of over $35 million in college scholarships.

Yelim's probable career field is Academia while John's is Medicine.

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