Two Ashland High School seniors were awarded National Merit Scholarships, an honor that went to only 29 students in the state so far.




Kathryn Hawley and Camden Lopez will each receive $2,500 to cover some of the costs of their education.




"That's just an incredible honor for these two kids," said Principal Jeff Schlecht.




National Merit Scholars are selected based on scores on the PSAT, taken during students' junior year, then evaluated based on their academic record, essays, leadership in school and community activities and recommendations from high school officials.




Ashland High School has several winners every year. Six students qualified as finalists this year, and they are still eligible for scholarships to be awarded by colleges later this year.




Both Hawley and Lopez plan to attend Harvey Mudd College in the fall. Hawley serves as the captain of the Science Bowl team and plays the bassoon in the school orchestra, and Lopez plays varsity soccer and competes along with math team members.




Both said they were happy to have the distinction, but were more excited about their upcoming graduation.




"It's nice to get money," Hawley said. "It's honestly not a big deal other than that."




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