By Evan O'Brien
Provided by Oak Park and River Forest High School
Oak Park and River Forest High School is proud to announce that 21 of its students have placed as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in the 2011-12 program. In addition, one student has earned the distinction of being named a National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist, and three students earned National Hispanic Recognition Program honors – two as scholars, and one honorable mention.
The National Merit semifinalists in this 57th annual scholarship program are among 16,000 academically talented students named nationally who represent less than 1 percent of the nation's high school seniors. More than 1.5 million juniors from 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2011 program seeking to qualify by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The Oak Park and River Forest High School National Merit semifinalists this year are:
John Belcaster, Kristin A. Binder, Emma G. Binns, Kathryn E. Bruhns, Elam Coalson, Caroline F. Connolly, Noah H. Cramer, Benjamin J. Dranoff, Nathaniel W. Ford, Lauren E. Frost, Anna M. Gaebler, Emily Gill, Gregory Martin, Elizabeth A. Monaghan, Constance E. Panton, Gregorio T. Ramel, Mary F. Skapek, Stephen I. Skapek, Alexi T. Stocker, Adam C. Wood and Victoria Zapater-Charret.
The National Achievement semifinalist is Wesley Sapp.
National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars are Cristian Delacotera and Victoria Zapater-Charret, with Caleb Awe, receiving honorable mention.
Congratulations to these students – and their families and teachers – on their fine academic accomplishment!
Of 161 Illinois schools with students participating in the 2011-12 program, OPRFHS tied with Stevenson High School this year as the school having the fifth highest number of National Merit semifinalists. Schools with more semifinalists this year are the Illinois Math and Science Academy, Hinsdale Central, New Trier, and the University of Chicago Laboratory High School.
OPRFHS was one of 46 schools with students participating in the National Achievement Program, with 13 schools having more than one student qualify.