National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Kamryn Ohly Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Posted on 02/09/2021
Kam OhlyKamryn Ohly has garnered another honor in her already-impressive high school career. The Perkins High School senior this week was notified that she is a National Merit Scholarship finalist – a recognition bestowed upon 15,000 of the smartest high school seniors nationwide.

Kamryn, the daughter of Jane and Duane Ohly, is now in the running for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth a total of more than $30 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential success in rigorous college studies.

On Tuesday, PHS Principal Jeff Harbal presented Kamryn with her Certificate of Merit and official notification that she is a Finalist.

National Merit Scholarship Finalists represent less than 1 percent of all high school seniors. Finalists are seniors who scored the highest on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Kamryn expects to study computer science in college. She has not yet decided where she will attend college.

Kamryn is active in extracurricular activities and athletics. 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 and field teams.

She also has demonstrated her computer coding expertise. She has been 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.