Two Lakehill Preparatory School seniors, Clayton Dranzer and Jacob Graff, have been named National Merit semifinalists.

Clayton Drazner, National Merit Scholar

That makes about 12 percent of the senior class National Merit Scholars, points out Lakehill spokesperson Gigi Ekstrom.

Jacob Graff, National Merit Scholar

More than 1.5 million juniors from about 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Program by taking the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state, Ekstrom tells us.

These seniors have an opportunity to advance in the competition for National Merit Scholarships—a combined $32 million worth of scholarships that will be awarded next spring.

Adds Lakehill headmaster Roger Perry, “These students represent some of the most academically talented in the country. We join our teachers and their proud parents in congratulating them for this highly esteemed academic honor.”

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