National Merit Semifinalist

Kamryn Ohly Is National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Posted on 09/09/2020
Kamryn Ohly

Perkins High School senior Kamryn Ohly has flashed her expertise as a computer coder, a high school leader, and an overall great student. On Wednesday, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. shared yet another honor for the 17-year-old and announced that she is among a select group of seniors nationwide that are semifinalists.


The honor was announced during a Perkins Local School District Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.


Across the country, some 16,000 have been designated as semifinalists and represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The semifinalists are seniors who scored the highest on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 


Kamryn, the daughter of Jane and Duane Ohly, now qualifies to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth a total of more than $30 million. Finalists for the scholarships will be notified in February 2021. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential success in rigorous college studies. 


PHS Principal Jeff Harbal told Board members that the Perkins family is proud of Kamryn and her many accomplishments.


“Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is a big accomplishment,” Mr. Harbal said. “Kamryn is a model student who works tirelessly to reach the goals she has set for herself. She is involved in numerous clubs and activities as well as a leader both inside and outside the classroom.”


Kamryn sets the bar high for her classmates. She’s active in extracurricular activities and athletics, and at the top of her class. She is the drum major and field commander for the PHS marching band, team captain for the PHS Academic Challenge team, an officer for National Honor Society, and a member of the PHS Mock Trial, Ohio Model United Nations, and track & field teams. 


She also is very humble and friendly to all.


“I’m profoundly grateful for all of my teachers, counselors, and school officials who have helped me to become who I am today and who have helped me throughout my educational journey so far,” Kamryn said. “I most certainly would not be the same without having such a phenomenal support system around me, which includes our school district and community, as well as my family and friends.”


Kamryn has made a name for herself outside of PHS, especially in computer science circles.

In 2016, she discovered her passion for computer science and coding as a scholar at Kode With Klossy, a computer coding boot camp for young women run by model Karlie Kloss. Kamryn returned for a second boot camp in the summer of 2017 and as an assistant instructor in 2020 for two camps about mobile app development. 


Kamryn also has competed at TechTogether Boston and won two coding awards for a project that required her to stay up for 48 hours straight. 


She also garnered an honorable mention from the National Center for Women in Information Technology the past two years and was a runner-up in the 9th Congressional District’s App Challenge during the 2019-2020 school year.