High School seniors are among the nation’s 16,000 Semifinalists announced in
the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) competition. These
students have completed the first step in the competition for some 7,500
Merit Scholarships, worth more than $33 million, to be offered next spring.
This year, CHS was one of the top ten public schools with the highest number
of National Merit Semifinalists.
Based on selection
index scores on the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT, the CHS students cited in the 62nd
annual competition are Sydney Ghoreishi, David Kosakowski, Lennon Metz, Amy
Socha and Mark Wilcox.
Ghoreishi is the
daughter of Renee and Easa Ghoreishi of Valparaiso. She is a member of
Japanese Club and Olympiad, Art Club and Fish Club. She is also active in
‘Music to My Ears’, an art-based charity to women’s shelter. In addition she
volunteers for Art Cart at the nursing home with art therapy projects and at
the Chesterton Emergency Room Health Center. She plans to study biology,
medicine and art.
Kosakowski is the
son of Alan Kosakowski and Diane Kincaid of Chesterton. He is a member of
the Trojan Guard Marching Band and Concert Bands. He also enjoys working on
computers as a hobby. Kosakowski plans to study Mechanical or Aerospace
Engineering at Purdue or Rose-Hulman University.
Metz is the
daughter of Parry and Laurie Metz of Chesterton. She is a member of the
soccer team and Three Lions United and CHS Student Government. She plans to
study Communications or International Relations.
Socha is the
daughter of Jim and Julianne Socha of Chesterton. She is active in swimming,
track and field and the Porter County Special Olympics. She plans to study
Physics and Classics.
Wilcox is the son
of Amy and Denny Wilcox of Chesterton is active in Speech & Debate, Student
Government and Cross Country.