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Five Members of the Class of 2019 Win National Merit Scholarship Awards
Nick Lauer
Walter Navid
Amanda Zeng
Hank Lin
Connor Leemhuis '19
Five members of the Shady Side Academy Class of 2019 have been selected as winners of National Merit Scholarship Program awards.

Seniors Nick Lauer and Walter Navid were both awarded National Merit $2500 Scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Lauer and Navid are two of 2,500 students chosen from a nationwide pool of more than 15,000 National Merit Finalists to receive the scholarship, which is a one-time award of $2,500. The winners were the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies, as selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. Lauer plans to attend Harvard University, and Navid plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis next fall.

Senior Amanda Zeng was awarded a National Merit PPG Foundation Sue Sloan Scholarship. Sponsored by the PPG Foundation, this corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship is awarded to exceptional students who are residents of communities where PPG has operations. The award is $1,500 per year for four years. Zeng plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis next fall.

Senior Hank Lin was awarded a PPG Foundation Scholarship. Sponsored by the PPG Foundation, this special scholarship is awarded to children of PPG employees who meet the entry requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Program. The award is $1,500 per year for four years. Lin plans to attend Cornell University next fall.

Connor Leemhuis '19 was awarded a National Merit Mary E. Beyerle Scholarship. Sponsored by the Trust Under the Will of Mary E. Beyerle, this corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship is awarded to select National Merit finalists in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania each year. It is a one-time $2,500 award. Leemhuis currently attends Carnegie Mellon University.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the program as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Additional college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships will be announced this summer, in June and July.

Congratulations to all five members of the Class of 2019!

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