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Thirteen USC Students Named Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

They are among an elite group of nearly 15,000 students nationwide.

The following Upper St. Clair High School students have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program:

  • Alexander T. Abraham 
  • Megan Adamo 
  • David L. Duan
  • Sharon E. Gao 
  • Qinglan Huang 
  • Luke M Kwiecinski 
  • Adam Lucas 
  • Owen Meiman 
  • John M. Rutkowski 
  • Jillian Vlah 
  • Jonathan Z. Wang 
  • Gaibo Yan 
  • Chenhao Yang

They are among an elite group of nearly 15,000 students nationwide to earn the honor and will now be included in the scholarship awards competition. The students are evaluated based on their academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, a written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and a personal essay. 

Share your congratulations in the comments below.

Debra Carse February 26, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Congratulations to the 13 finalists! I know a few of those kids and they continue to impress me with their academic success and their involvement and accomplishments in other activities. These activities include Speech and Debate regional, state and national competitions(Forensics), Chorus, HS Fall and Spring plays - some with lead roles, Football, Tennis, Exchange programs, Band and many others. Great job and congratulations to all!
Oren Spiegler February 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM
This is another affirmation that our school system and our community's families and students are among the finest in the nation: congratulations to all. The tenet of lifelong learning is very much in evidence here, a feather in the cap of the community. In an era in which the the quality of the American public education system is regularly called into question as well as whether students come to the classroom ready to learn, this District continues to set the bar high.

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