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September 10, 2008

Memorial, West top state in National Merit semifinalists

Tamira Madsen:

Students from Madison Memorial and Madison West continued a tradition of academic excellence among their peers in Wisconsin, as semifinalists were announced Wednesday for the 2009 National Merit Scholarships. Twenty-six students each from Memorial and West qualified in the prestigious nationwide competition, the most students from any other high school in the state.

Among other Madison schools, eight students qualified from Edgewood, six from East, two from La Follette and one home-schooled student also qualified, for a total of 60 National Merit semifinalists from the city.

It's the sixth year in a row that at least 60 or more district students have qualified at the semifinalist level. Sixty-two students qualified in 2007, 67 in 2006 and 60, 69 and 67 students the three preceding years.

Superintendent Dan Nerad said he was pleased to learn about the students' achievements.

"It's very exciting," Nerad said in a telephone interview. "First of all, I think it's a remarkable performance for these students, and obviously, we're proud of their performance. The kids in the school district are high-performing kids, once again, we continue to see how they're doing.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at September 10, 2008 11:16 AM
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