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CINCINNATI, OHIO, FEBRUARY 9, 2012 – La Salle High School announces seniors Clayton Cardinal and Josh Streicher are 2012 National Merit Finalists as designated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Clayton is the son of Jean and Tim Cardinal of Morrow, Ohio. The Cardinals attend St. Philip the Apostle Church and Clayton attended Royalmont Academy in Mason.

Josh is the son of Scott and Jean Streicher of Bridgetown. They belong to St. Aloysius Gonzaga parish.

Clayton and Josh are among 15,000 students competing for Merit Scholarship awards nationwide. The competition began when they and more than 1.5 million students took PSAT tests in their junior year.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1955 to conduct the scholarship program. The corporation, business organizations and higher education institutions underwrite scholarships to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Scholarships are based on a Finalists’ abilities, skills, and accomplishments. National Merit Scholarship Corporation selectors evaluate the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation notified Clayton and Josh of their advancement to Finalist standing, and notified Principal Tom Luebbe and provided him a certificate to present to each Finalist.