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Two Summit High School students named National Merit semifinalists

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com

Ben Cottrell, 16, of Summit Cove, and Kaeli Subberwal, 17, of Frisco, were among 16,000 high school seniors named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

Summit High School seniors Ben Cottrell and Kaeli Subberwal were named National Merit Scholarship Corporation's semifinalists for the 2015 Scholarship Program.

"This is a tremendous honor for these students, their families and for our entire district," said Heidi Pace, district superintendent. "Ben and Kaeli demonstrate what is possible for all students in Summit schools with a strong commitment to academic achievement."

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

The 16,000 students who scored the highest nationwide were chosen as semifinalists and represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors.

Cottrell, 16, of Summit Cove, and Subberwal, 17, of Frisco, attributed their high scores to getting enough sleep, remaining calm and understanding how the test works.

Both seniors are applying to Ivy League universities and said they might study physics.

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Subberwal, who said she's also considering neuroscience, recently earned the highest possible scores on the reading, writing and math sections of the SAT.

"The Summit High School staff is extremely proud of Ben and Kaeli's accomplishments throughout their four years at SHS," said Drew Adkins, principal. "I would also like to congratulate the teachers in our school district who have been a part of Ben and Kaeli's education. We hope for this same level of success for every student."

Now the seniors will fulfill several requirements to advance in the competition in hopes of earning one of about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million total.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2015 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April 2015 and ending in July 2015. These scholarship recipients will join more than 308,000 other young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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