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Eight seniors named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists

Eight seniors have been named 2017-2018 National Merit Semifinalists at Union High School, 6636 S. Mingo Road. They are pictured here: Tony Nguyen, Killian Kane, Grant Hizer, Hannah Rondthaler, Alexander Labbane, Ferdinand Mudjialim, and Joseph Liu. Not pictured is Josephine Uerling. They are pictured above with Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and Principal Marla Robinson.

Originally posted September 13, 2017

Eight Union seniors named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists

Eight seniors from Union High School have been named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists. Principal Marla Robinson made the announcement today as she, Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler, and other administrators congratulated the students. 

Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and Principal Marla Robinson recognized the students, their families and their elementary teachers this morning during a breakfast in the College and Careers Center.

Hartzler commended the students, saying the students represent the best of Union while Robinson congratulated them for their hard work and thanked their families for their support. Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Kathy Dodd also congratulated the students, explaining they will receive a special honor during the upcoming Homecoming game against Owasso.

Following are the names of Union’s National Merit Semifinalists:

•    Grant Hizer, son of Lisa Guertin of Broken Arrow
•    Killian Kane, son of Kelly and Jennifer Kane of Tulsa
•    Alexander Labbane, son of Mondher and Cheryl Labbane of Broken Arrow
•    Joseph Liu, son of Ti-Chung and Kelly Liu of Tulsa
•    Ferdinand Mudjialim, son of Andy Mudjialim and Tan Fang Fang of Broken Arrow
•    Tony Nguyen, son of Henry and Tammy Nguyen of Tulsa
•    Hannah Rondthaler, daughter of Timothy Rondthaler and Joanne Call of Tulsa
•    Josephine Uerling, daughter of Steve and Alicia Uerling of Broken Arrow

Officials with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation said the Union students are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was
established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

To participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a student must:
•    be enrolled full time as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to enter college no later than the fall following completion of high school;
•    be a citizen of the United States or, if not now a citizen, a permanent U.S. resident (or an applicant for permanent residency) in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen; and
•    take the PSAT/NMSQT ® in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern.