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Three CCS Seniors Advance in National Merit Scholarship Program

Three Columbus City Schools seniors were named Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program, putting them among to top 16,000 students across the nation competing for $32 million in scholarships.

Glory Aliu and James Bollas, seniors at Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS), and Jamie Bossenbroek, senior at Whetstone High School, earned among the highest scorers on the 2016 Preliminary SAT in Ohio and represent less than one percent of high school seniors.

“Glory and James exemplify the CAHS motto - the school where academic excellence is our standard and not the exception,” said CAHS Principal Darryl Sanders.

Aliu is a full International Baccalaureate Diploma student planning to major in Biochemistry, and Bollas is a College Credit Plus student at The Ohio State University. He plans to further his studies in Aerospace Engineering.

Bossenbroek is currently taking Accelerated Calculus at The Ohio State University and is the treasurer for Whetstone’s National Honor Society as well as the marching band president. She is applying to OSU, in addition to other universities, and plans to major in Engineering.

“Jamie's dedication to academics as well as music and athletics speaks volumes to the many successes she will experience for years to come,” said Whetstone Principal Janet Routzong.

The seniors will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million, with winners to be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.