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From the Editor's Desk: 3 local students named National Merit scholars

Congratulations to three McHenry County students who have been named recipients of National Merit scholarships.

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2016 competition, with about 3,000 winners announced Tuesday and an additional 1,000 or so expected to be named in July, according to the Evanston-based National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

National Merit scholars receive between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the college that funds the scholarship.

Local winners are:

• Robin J. Kim of Cary, a Prairie Ridge High School student who will be attending Northwestern University and is leaning toward studying engineering.

• John M. Murawski of Cary, also a Prairie Ridge High School student who also will be attending Northwestern University with electrical engineering as his proposed field.

• Brendan J. Batliner of Crystal Lake, a student at Illinois Mathematics and Science in Aurora who plans to study software engineering at the University of Nebraska.

As indicated by the numbers above, far fewer than 1 percent of entrants win the scholarships. Congratulations, again.

• Dan McCaleb is executive editor of Northwest Herald and editorial director of its parent company, Shaw Media. Email him at dmccaleb@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Dan_McCaleb.

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