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10 Staples Students Honored As National Merit Semifinalists

A total of 10 students from Staples High in Westport have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. See story for IDs.
A total of 10 students from Staples High in Westport have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — For more than half a century, it’s an opening-of- school tradition: the announcement of National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists. Traditionally, Staples High School in Westport is well represented.

This year is no exception. Ten Staples seniors have earned semifinalist status, in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Nationwide, 16,000 semifinalists – fewer than 1 percent of all high school seniors -- will compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million.

The Staples semifinalists are: JiSu Ahn, Isabelle Amlicke, Alexander Ialeggio, Nicole Kiker, Lindsey Marks, Brendan Massoud, Grace McGinley, Ulyana Piterbarg, Tia Pogue and Phoebe Spear.

Staples High School Principal James D’Amico lauded these students’ achievement of semifinalist status.

“I am extraordinarily proud of these students, not only because of the academic talents, but because each of them is a good citizen of Staples, well-rounded, and talented in multiple areas. This is a wonderful individual achievement for these students, and demonstrative of the diversity of talents at Staples High School.”

Photo identification: Back Row, from left: Grace McGinley, Nicole Kiker, Alexander Ialeggio and Brendon Massoud; Front Row, from left: Pheobe Spear, Lindsey Marks, Ulyana Piterbarg, JiSu Ahn, Isabelle Amlicke and Tia Pogue.

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