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Ten Dreher Seniors are National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that ten Dreher seniors are 2020 National Merit Semifinalists.  


These academically talented students are (from left to right in the photo) Mary Frances Shavo, Sarah Germany, Hanah Watts, Johan Willem Van Rosevelt, Catherine Reid, Julian Jackson Ellenberg, David Shealy, Rahul Bulusu, Alexander Randall, and Caroline Hynes.  



Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/NMST Test in October, 2018.  Less than one percent of these students qualified as Semifinalists. 


Dreher boasts more Semifinalists than all but three schools in South Carolina, two of which are magnet schools.  From this group of Semifinalists, the National Merit Finalists are chosen.  



National Merit Semifinalists


Dreher is extremely proud of our ten qualifiers.  All ten are talented both within and beyond the classroom. 


Francie is the daughter of Kara Shavo and Mike  Shavo. Sarah is the daughter of Mary Germany and Kent Germany.  Hanah is the daughter of Dreher science teacher Kevin Watts and Kathleen Watts.


Willem is the son of Margo Van Rosevelt and Jan Peter Van Rosevelt. Callie is the daughter of Taj Reid and Charles Reid.  Jackson is the son of Kristy Ellenberg and John Ellenberg.  David's parents are Llewellyn Shealy and Kirby Shealy.


Rahul's parents are Lalith Ravi and Subrahmanyam Bulusu.  Alexander's mother is Rebecca Randall. Caroline is the daughter of Kelly Hynes and John Hynes.



For more information on the program, see the press release.