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Local Seniors Qualify for National Scholarship

Four students from Knoxville and Pella High Schools are on the list of semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship. Nadezhda Khapochkina, Jakub Martisovits and Todd Wegter of Pella High School; and Kirk Gordon of Knoxville High School are among approximately 16,000 academically-talented students nationwide vying for over $36 million in scholarships. To become a Finalist, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on a qualifying test, among other qualifications. The 2010 National Merit Scholarship winners will begin being announced this spring.