2015-10-02 / Community

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Kennebunk High School students, from left, Ashley Kayser, Kobi O’Reilly and Amy Eckland were named National Merit semifinalists. (Courtesy photo) Kennebunk High School students, from left, Ashley Kayser, Kobi O’Reilly and Amy Eckland were named National Merit semifinalists. (Courtesy photo) Students named to National Merit list

Kennebunk High School Principal Susan Cressey announced that Amy Eckland, Ashley Kayser and Kobi O’Reilly have been named National Merit semifinalists based on their performance on the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of approximately 16,000 semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7.400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Eckland is the daughter of Jean and Kevin Eckland, A member of the National Honor Society, she received the Yale Book Award as a junior and participated in the Math, Engineering, Science and Technology TV Show. She is doing an internship at Corning Life Sciences where she is working in the life sciences and engineering departments.

Kayser is the daughter of Manuela Lorenzi-Kayser and Steven Kayser, In addition to Model State, swim team, and cross country, Ashley is a member of the Captains’ Club and French Club. The recipient of an award for outstanding achievement in Latin II Honors, she is considering a major in environmental science.

O’Reilly, the son of Ana Seifridsberger and Robert O’Reilly, plans to pursue a career as an aerospace engineer after studying at either the University of Colorado at Boulder or Boston University. He has been involved in theater throughout his high school career, most recently as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” He plans to continue his theater career in college.

Wells Chamber to host second annual Vets 5K

The Wells Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Veterans Day 5K on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start and end at the Wells Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill Road, Wells.

Proceeds for this event benefit local veterans projects. Gorham Savings Bank is the primary event sponsor.

The first 150 registrants will receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt. The Elks Lodge will have food and beverage for sale after the race. Prizes will be awarded to male and female in the following categories: Overall, under 20, 20-29, 30- 39, 40-49, 50-59 and 70-plus.

For more information or to register, visit www.wellschamber.org, www.active.com or call 646-2451.

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