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Collier Smith, a top-ranked senior at Elder and in our Honors Program, has been named as a National Merit Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program!

Of the 1.6 million academically talented entrants, Collier is one of some 15,000 entrants who have advanced as Finalists by demonstrating through distinguished performance high potential for future academic accomplishment.

Collier is the son of Dennis and Ellen Smith of Green Township. He is pictured here with his incredible support system of (l to r) assistant principal and dean of academics Dr. Patrick Tucker, parents Dennis and Ellen Smith, teacher Gary Rogers, principal Kurt Ruffing, college coordinator Erin Lind, and guidance counselor Ken Sovern.

About the National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test —a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Learn more...