Thirteen Cape Elizabeth High School students are recipients of the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Corp.’s Semifinalist and Commended Student recognitions, according to principal Jeffrey Shedd.

Over a million students entered the 2007 Merit Program when they were juniors by taking the PSAT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Fewer than 5 percent of these students advanced in the competition, and less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school seniors are ultimately named Semifinalists.

Commended students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test. Semifinalists will continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards, worth $30 million, to be offered next spring.

Semifinalists are:

Michael G. Catsos, son of Paul and Patricia Catsos; Daley M. Gruen, son of Elliott and Dinny Gruen; William D. Hall, son of William and Jenny Hall; A. Nathan Hendrick, son of Rick Hendrick and Mary Hendrick; Daniel F. Shedd, son of Jeff and Claudia Shedd; Liam K. Sullivan, son of Kelly and Elizabeth Sullivan; and Katherine G. Yosua, daughter of Fred and Dianne Yosua

Commended students are:

Alexandra E. Ciraldo, daughter of John and Julianne Ciraldo; Conor H. Dodd, son of Robert Dodd and Carole Haas; Heather R. Furman, daughter of Robert Furman and Denise LaRue; Alison E. Howe, daughter of Peter Howe and Margaret Boulos; Stanis Moody-Roberts, son of David Roberts and Kim Moody; and Mitchell D. Wright, son of Robert and Susan Wright.


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