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Twins Matt and Megan Neary were both named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Two Bishop Watterson High School seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Twins Matt and Megan Neary are the son and daughter of Brenda and Christopher Neary of St. Timothy Parish. Matt and Megan graduated from St. Timothy School.

Approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were announced,based upon their scores on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

Matt Neary plans to major in math and theoretical computer science in college. He is a member of the BWHS Robotics Club and Business Club and is the founder and ownerof his own app development firm.

Matt earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score.

Megan Neary plans to major in biology and English at The Ohio State University. She is vice president of fundraising for the BWHS National Honor Society, a member of the St. Brigid youth group CORE team and an employee at Northwest Swim Club.

Both Nearys are altar servers at St. Timothy and Megan is a candy striper at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

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10/14/13 ThisWeek News -  Siblings named National Merit semifinalists