Brilliant Brothers Advance to Finals

Congratulations to Elwood-John H. Glenn High School seniors David and Michael Hermanns, who have recently been named Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program! The brothers are among a select 15,000 students who have advanced in the academic competition, with the hopes of obtaining one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships being offered this spring.

To qualify for the competition, both students had to score highly on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and be among the highest scoring entrants in the state. The siblings were notified in the fall that they were among only 16,000 Semifinalists out of the 1.6 million students who took the test.

David and Michael earned their Finalist recognition by submitting a scholarship application consisting of their academic record, extracurricular activities, leadership abilities, employment and awards. Both students had to obtain an excellent academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirmed their earlier performance on the qualifying test.

“It is a tremendous accolade to be ranked among the highest performing students in the state,” said Principal Carisa Burzynski. “As students who received this distinction at John H. Glenn High School, you make us incredibly proud. Congratulations on this well-deserved accomplishment.”