Davis DeFoor named National Merit semifinalist

Davis DeFoor named National Merit semifinalist

Davis DeFoor

A pianist, Latin aficionado and computer techie, senior Davis DeFoor of Hyde Park has been named a semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Corporation Program.

Amid fierce competition, he is among about 1.6 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors last year. The 16,000 semifinalists nationwide represent less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. As a semifinalist, Davis is also among the highest-scoring entrants in Ohio.

Davis has been named an AP Scholar with Distinction. At The Summit, he has been an active member of the award-winning Latin Club and attended state and national conventions. At the national convention this past summer, Davis placed fourth on the advanced open certamen team and 11th personally in reading comprehension. He was president of the Innovation Club his junior year, helping the team’s showcase project on a 3D printing application win the top prize for creativity second place overall at TechOlympics. He and senior Jenna Eveslage are creating a new music club this year. He tutored other students in math his junior year. He is a three-year tennis player. This year, in an independent study, Davis is combining multivariate calculus with an exploration of the C++ programming language to create complex 3D graphs.  In college, he plans to major in math and computer science with a possible minor in piano.

Outside The Summit, Davis is a deacon at Knox Presbyterian Church, a member of the Knox Youth Group and has participated in musical productions with them as well as many service projects through the church. He also plays the piano and is part of a jazz combo at the College Conservatory of Music. He also played at The Summit’s Arts Forum and Upper School Talent Show.

During the summer, he had an internship at eMedia Design, a tech company downtown that develops websites and applications for other companies.  

“This distinguished honor speaks highly of Davis’ academic aptitude and achievement,” College Counselor Susan Miller said. “Davis not only demonstrates outstanding potential for academic success, he has taken advantage of the many opportunities at The Summit, and beyond, to expand his learning across many disciplines and contribute back to the community.”

Davis is one of nine seniors this year who have been recognized in some way by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. About 90 percent of the semifinalists reach finalist standing, and about half will be awarded National Merit scholarships. To become finalists, students must maintain an outstanding academic record, be active in school and community activities, demonstrate leadership abilities, write an essay, earn SAT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test and be recommended by their principal.