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Three students at North Shore Country Day were named semifinalists for 2022 National Merit scholarships among more than two dozen high school seniors at schools in New Trier Township. The NSCD students are Peyton Hudson, Andrew Xing and Emily Yoo.

Some 16,000 semifinalists nationwide qualified by achieving the highest scores on the 2020 Preliminary SAT. The next step requires students to submit an application with a recommendation from their school to make it to the finalist round in February.

A total of 7,500 scholarships worth nearly $30 million will be awarded to finalists before the end of July 2022, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, an Evanston-based nonprofit founded in 1955 to run the program. Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April. 

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Take 10 Play Festival

North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

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