National Merit Scholarship Program Recognizes Heights High Seniors

September 12, 2012
Cleveland Heights, OH

Left to right: Trevor Coble, Carter Hastings, Ian Kraus, and Thomas Frederick

Four Cleveland Heights High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the first round of the 58th annual National merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit semifinalists are Trevor Coble, Carter Hastings, Carter Hastings, Ian Kraus, and Thomas Frederick. Over 16,000 Merit Scholarship semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 awards worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Trevor Coble likes math, science and the social sciences – it is all interesting. “I have had really great teachers here at Heights – Mr. Meister makes history so real,” he said. He is taking numbers theory and world literature at Case Western University as well as his classes at Heights High. He says that he loves learning, “My family encourages that.” He is not sure exactly what he wants to study, but he will apply to several liberal arts colleges, including Macalester and Kenyon.

Carter Hastings felt that he had no other choice but to succeed. “My parents and teachers really encouraged me to do my best,” said Carter. “My parents are proud of me. A lot of the credit goes to them—they pushed me and helped me to reach my goals.” He recognizes that his family shares in this award.  “This is their accomplishment too,” said Carter. He is especially interested in a liberal arts college that will allow him to explore several life options, and he plans to apply to Oberlin, Denison, and Kenyon.

Ian Kraus appreciates all the great teachers at Heights. “Heights has done a lot me for me. The teachers and staff are always there to support me,” said Ian. One teacher that really stands out for Ian is his history teacher, Karen Bauer-Blazer. “History is my favorite subject, and I have had Ms. Bauer-Blazer every year of high school. She makes class interesting and engaging; it’s not just a lecture,” Ian said. He plans to apply to several schools with strong business programs. “I’m not exactly sure what I want to study, but it will involve business,” he continued. Ian will apply to several schools, including Stanford, Columbia, and Princeton.

Thomas Frederick’s favorite classes are chemistry and statistics. He is taking organic chemistry and calculus at Cleveland State University and AP statistics at Heights High. “I have always been a math person, and statistics is really interesting,” he said. Chemistry teacher Evelyn Bradshaw has been especially inspiring to him. “Last year I was in her room after school, just learning more.”  Of the organic chemistry class at CSU, he said, “I can see how things work at the micro level.” He plans to apply to several schools, including Brown and Northwestern.