Lake Ridge Academy se­niors hon­ored

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - COMMUNITY -

Five Lake Ridge Academy se­niors have been named 2018 Na­tional Merit Semi­fi­nal­ists.

El­iz­a­beth Coble of Avon Lake, Ben Gwin­nell of Cleve­land Heights, Noah Kawaguchi of Amherst, An­jali Prab­hakaran of Avon and Trixie Yoo of Avon Lake join the only 16,000 stu­dents who are named Na­tional Merit Semi­fi­nal­ists, and rep­re­sent less than 1 per­cent of the na­tion’s top high school se­niors.

The Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship program is an aca­demic com­pe­ti­tion for recog­ni­tion and schol­ar­ship funds that be­gan in 1955. About 1.6 mil­lion ju­niors en­tered the program by tak­ing the Pre­lim­i­nary SAT/Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship Qual­i­fy­ing Test. The top scores in crit­i­cal read­ing, math­e­mat­ics and writ­ing skills ad­vance only 16,000 stu­dents to the Semi­fi­nal­ist list.

These five stu­dents will now have the op­por­tu­nity to be named a Fi­nal­ist, which is de­ter­mined by the stu­dent’s aca­demic re- cord, writ­ten es­say, par­tic­i­pa­tion in school and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, ev­i­dence of lead­er­ship and any other hon­ors or awards re­ceived. Fi­nal­ists will be an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary.

Lake Ridge Academy is an in­de­pen­dent, non­sec­tar­ian day school of­fer­ing co-ed­u­ca­tional classes from kinder­garten through grade 12 in North Ridgeville.

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Shown left to right are: Ben Gwin­nell, El­iz­a­beth Cole, An­jali Prab­hakaran, Trixie Yoo and Noah Kawaguchi.

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