2016-10-07 / Community

Students named National Merit semifinalists

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Kennebunk High School seniors Kyle Ryan, Caleb Eickmann and Matthew Albaum have been selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. (Courtesy photo) Kennebunk High School seniors Kyle Ryan, Caleb Eickmann and Matthew Albaum have been selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. (Courtesy photo) On Wednesday, Sept. 14, officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Thee high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 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.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Kennebunk High School announced that Matthew Albaum, Caleb Eickmann and Kyle Ryan of the class of 2017 have been named National Merit semifinalists.

Albaum is a member of the jazz band, math team and the track and field team. He is a captain of the 2017 cross country team. The son of Dr. Tammi Bittler and Dr. Michael Albaum, Matthew is interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

Eickmann participates in Model UN, debate and the Mock Trial and math teams.

He is also a member of the jazz band, math and tennis teams, as well as National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Society. He is the son of James and Elizabeth Eickmann and is interested in a career in biochem research.

Ryan, the son of Tracy and Joe Ryan of Kennebunkport, is a student representative on the board of school directors and active in Model UN, Mock Trial and the math team.

He placed first in Maine and 10th in the country in the National Brain Bee competition last year. He plans to major in neuroscience or bioengineering.

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