McNicholas High School is proud to announce that seniors Katherine McHugh and Zachary Woodke have been named National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) semifinalists. McHugh and Woodke will join 16,000 academically talented high school seniors to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. Senior Evan Pour was named a NMSC Commended student.
McHugh, who also scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, plans to study math, engineering, or accounting at Washington University, The Ohio State University, or Purdue University next year. Woodke is still undecided about his major but exploring business with an emphasis on real estate or sports management. He is looking at The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University.
Both McHugh and Woodke credit McNicholas High School academics with preparing them to do well on the test. “I had the opportunity to take AP and honors classes throughout high school, and that definitely prepared me,” Woodke said.
Pour, who wants to study engineering at the University of Cincinnati or The Ohio State University, also credits the guidance department with helping him prepare. “The guidance department provided sessions that directly helped prepare me for the test,” Pour said. “They would check in with us individually and be sure we were ready.”