Elwood Siblings Among 2017 National Merit Semifinalists

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Two Elwood-John H. Glenn High School siblings have recently earned the spots as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Twins David and Michael Hermanns have qualified to compete for more than 7,500 National Merit Scholarships totaling approximately $33 million.

The siblings have been chosen out of approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools throughout the nation. Both students took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and received high scores. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors. The students are now two of the 16,000 semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program and will continue to compete to become finalists.

The brothers are dedicated students and are both currently enrolled in four Advanced Placement courses. “We are very proud of them,” said Principal Carisa Burzynski. “They are all around good kids; respectful, smart, kind and humble.” The siblings are also leaders in the community and are passionate about volunteer work. Some of their involvement includes participating in their Youth Group and rebuilding homes in the summer.