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Two Seniors Named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program
Heidi Henzler, Communications Manager

Seniors Kelsey Hammel and Lauren Levy were recently named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These exceptional young women now have an opportunity to continue in the prestigious competition next spring for National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.


Kelsey’s favorite subjects are computer science and math, and she is interested in pursuing a college degree in either Computer Science or Software Engineering. She is co-president of the Science Club, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and is a member of both the Crew and Fencing Teams at SEM.


Lauren aspires to study Biomedical Engineering in college. A math enthusiast, she created a program called Math4Meals which provides free tutoring in exchange for donations to FeedMore WNY. Lauren swims competitively for both the Town of Tonawanda Titans and SEM’s varsity swim team. At the school’s first swim meet earlier this month, she qualified for New York State in the 100-metre butterfly.

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