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EVANSTON, Ill. — The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced two Racine County winners of National Merit Scholarships. The $2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.

Prairie High School students James L. Adair and Annli Nakayama received National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Adair’s probable career field is biological engineering, and Nakayama’s probable career field is ecology. This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools, academic record including: difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

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