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North Royalton City Schools News Article

NRHS Senior Akshita Kannan Named National Merit Semifinalist

North Royalton High School Senior Akshita Kannan has been named a Semifinalist in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC).

The 2021 PSAT/NMSQT served as an initial screen of entrants to the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Selection Index scores of students who met program participation requirements were used to designate a pool of more than 16,000 Semifinalists on a state allocation basis.

Semifinalists are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors. Although Semifinalist qualifying scores vary from one state to another, the scores of all Semifinalists are extremely high.

Before Semifinalists can be considered for Merit Scholarship awards, Semifinalists must qualify as Finalists by completing the National Merit Scholarship Application using NMSC’s Online Scholarship Application and fulfilling several other requirements.  Finalists will be announced in February.

“Akshita is an engaged student who represents NoRoNation in a positive manner in the classroom and in many other ways,” said Principal Sean Osborne, North Royalton City Schools.  “She will undoubtedly be in a position to successfully pursue any career field that she is interested in after high school.”

Kannan is the vice president of Key Club, a Spanish Club leader, a member of the National Honor Society, Link Crew, Letterman’s Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, and Yearbook Club. She also is a varsity tennis player for the school’s girls team.  After graduation, Kannan hopes to major in economics.

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