The Top 1% in Shaker Heights

Only 16,000 students become National Merit Semifinalists out of nearly 1.5 million entrants. They come from more than 22,000 high schools and represent less than 1 percent of each state’s high school senior. These semifinalists are some of the state’s highest-scoring students on the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

We’re happy to report that twenty-seven students from Shaker Heights High School’s Class of 2016 have been named Semifinalists and Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

This year’s National Merit Semifinalists from Shaker are Max CassellAllison KaoSara Mesiano, and Anna Seballos. They will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring, and will be candidates for other scholarships as well.

The National Merit Commended Students are Gabrielle BalHannah BarrettVishwanath BetapudiHaley BuchanNathaniel CalabreseAbigail ConnellMargaret CullinaJoseph EspyEmily ForbesRuth GeyeElana HerbstAmani HillNabhonil KarOwen LaFramboiseDaniel LuoBraden MeyerhoeferIan MorrisonClara MuellerJoshua PodlOlivia RayburnAnav SoodJacob Voyzey and Helen Yusko.



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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."