Meet Avon and Avon Lake’s National Merit semifinalists


AVON/AVON LAKE – About 16,000 high school juniors have been named as National Merit semifinalists throughout the country. Avon Local Schools and Avon Lake City Schools each have two students in the running.

In Avon Lake, the semifinalists are as follows:

  • Robert Nordman – parents Rob and Heather Nordman

Nordman is the Chess Club president and a member of Math and Science Club, Photography Club, Academic Challenge and Drama Club. He is considering studying computer science at Boston University, Illinois University, Brown University and The Ohio State University.

  • Morgan Strauss – parents Keith and Jeanette Strauss

Strauss is a member of the Model UN, Science Olympiad, Academic Challenge, National Honor Society, Math and Science Club. She is considering studying engineering, biomedical engineering at Northwestern University or Georgia Tech.

In Avon, the achievement belongs to:

  • Bhavya Appana– parents Ramarao and Swathi Appana

Appana is a member of National Honor Society, student council and the high school’s orchestra. She was recently accepted to the Northeast Ohio Regional Orchestra and the OMEA All-State Orchestra. Appana is undecided on a college major. She has applied to the University of Pittsburgh and Northwestern.

  • Ashley Granitto – parents Matt and Meg Granitto

Granitto is president of the Class of 2018 and a member of National Honor Society and student council. She plans to study Computer Science in college and has applied to Case Western Reserve University and Cornell.

These students will join about 1.5 million students across the country to compete for 7,400 scholarships totaling $32 million. A press release from the districts noted that semifinalists represent less than one percent of American high school students. Of the large group, only about 15,000 students will advance to the finalist round in February.

They will learn if they won in the spring.

Photos Courtesy Avon/Avon Lake School Districts Ashley Granitto, left. Bhavya Appana.

Robert Nordman, left. Morgan Strauss.



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