Six from county named Merit Scholars |

Six from county named Merit Scholars

Six Nevada County high school seniors are among the nation’s top 1 percent of students who took last year’s preliminary SAT exam.

Bear River High School seniors Lauren Caldwell, Chelsea Foster and Amy Pistone; and Nevada Union High School seniors Wesley Dodson, Erin Johnson and Thomas Weber qualified as National Merit Scholar semi-finalists.

“All the students are accomplished, academically,” said Judith Vogel, head counselor at Bear River.

Now all they have to do is fill out an extensive application and write an essay to have a shot at becoming finalists and winning full-ride college scholarships.

Another seven high school seniors were in the top 5 percent of all students who took last year’s PSAT. They are Bear River’s Andrew Davidson, Adrian Molina and Benton White; and Nevada Union’s Sarah Kottcamp, Thomas Lloyd, Ryan Patterson and Troy Thacker.

All gained “commended” students status. Some commended students are eligible for special scholarships from corporate and business sponsors.

Bear River’s Benje Williams won an outstanding participant award, which is awarded to the nation’s top black students.

The semi-finalists will hear in December or January if they’ve made the list of finalists.

The PSAT test will be offered Tuesday for juniors and some sophomores, Vogel said.

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