Last night, the Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) recognized twenty Central High School students who are National Merit Scholars and Semi Finalists.

About 1.5 million students in approximately 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The 50,000 student with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Of those  50,000 students, only 16,000 students qualify as Semi-Finalist.

“We are proud to recognize an increasing number of National Merit Scholars, their success validates our efforts to continually improve our educational program for all students in our district,” said Lisa Wolff, HVRSD Board of Education President.

Seated left to right: Ketaki Gujar*, Blair Shields, Hannah Morin, Maya Naphade*, Alamelu Sekkappan, Eric Jing*, Thomas Sherman, Emily Janoski, Kyle Weekley.

Standing left to right: Kevin Crow, Brian Rentsch, Yash Balaji, Navruz Baum*, Kyla Chasalow, Saffron, Winton-Lavieri, Joanna Ying, Allison Rhyu

*Also qualified as a National Merit Semi-Finalist

Missing from photo: Grace Chen, Erixen Cruz, John Schaeffer

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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