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May 12, 2014

NPS ties for most winners of National Merit Scholarship

NORMAN — The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners.

Norman Public Schools tied with the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics as having the most winners from Oklahoma. Scholarship winners were chosen from the 15,000 National Merit finalists. NPS had Oklahoma’s second highest number of semifinalists, 14, and finalists in the national competition. Only about one-half of 1 percent of the 1.5 million juniors who attempt National Merit Scholar status by first taking the PSAT achieve their goal.

NPS’ 2014 National Merit Scholarship winners are:

· Ohvia Muraleetharan, Norman North, who shares that her probable career field will be biomedical engineering.

· Lucas Schuermann, Norman North, who shares that his probable career field will be computer engineering.

· Reed Shafer-Ray, Norman High, who shares that his probably career field will be political science.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is predetermined and proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

According to a release by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the 2014 winners were selected by a committee of college admissions 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.

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