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Maxwell L. Hammersmith, Benjamin J. Merk, Noah A. Peterson and Thomas “Zach” Sullivan have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  They are among 16,000 semifinalists who will compete for scholarships worth more than $32 million. They were selected from more than 1.5 million entrants who took the PSAT/NMSQT test. Finalists will be announced beginning in April.

Hammersmith is the son of Bea and Jeff Hammersmith, Merk is the son of JoAnn and Greg Merk, Peterson is the son of Susan and Ken Peterson and Sullivan is the son of Linda and Kevin Sullivan. 

All of these men are members of Elder’s Honors Program. Graduates from the Honors Program have moved on to prestigious schools across the country, earned significant scholarships, and have been invited to become members of various Honors Programs at their college or university of choice. Honors Program students graduate with an average of $200,000 in college scholarships, and have an average ACT score of 30.  

William P. Brueggemeyer, Eric R. Huff, Luke F. Jett, Benjamin X. Lee and Spencer T. Niehaus have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.  

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
Brueggemeyer is the son of Carol and Paul Brueggemeyer, Huff is the son of Laurie and Jason Huff, Jett is the son of Ann and William Jett, Lee is the son of Susan and Dennis Lee and Niehaus is the son of Patrice and Timothy Niehaus.
All of these men are members of Elder’s Honors Program. Graduates from the Honors Program have moved on to prestigious schools across the country, earned significant scholarships, and have been invited to become members of various Honors Programs at their college or university of choice. Honors Program students graduate with an average of $200,000 in college scholarships, and have an average ACT score of 30.  
Congratulations, gentlemen!