Blair Oaks produces first National Merit Scholar finalist

Elizabeth Prenger has spent a number of hours in the library and earned the first National Merit Scholar for a student from Blair Oaks.

Elizabeth Prenger has spent a number of hours in the library and earned the first National Merit Scholar for a student from Blair Oaks. Photo by Julie Smith.

Elizabeth Prenger is one of 91 in Blair Oaks High School’s graduating class of 2012. It is a class that shares many memories and at least one common trait: competitiveness.

Prenger, the district’s first National Merit Scholar finalist, said she and her classmates are nothing if not determined, and that is what she credits for the class’ staggering statistics.

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Jill Shanley, high school guidance counselor, said the seniors have set a record with the approximate $3.1 million in scholarships they have received.

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