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Shafer named National Merit semi-finalist
Rossford High School senior Garrett Shafer has been named a semi-finalist in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The son of Ernest and Heather Shafer of Rossford, Garrett currently is ranked second in the RHS Class of 2014 with a 4.11 grade point average.
Approximately 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT, and were narrowed to 16,000 semi-finalists.
The semi-finalists will compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth $33 million to be offered next spring.
Semi-finalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.
About 90 percent of semi-finalists are expected to become finalists, and more than half of finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the National Merit Scholar title.
The oldest of five siblings, Garrett plays drums in the RHS band and is a member of the National Honor Society.
His future plans include studying engineering, and he is considering Notre Dame, Michigan State, Northwestern or Washington and Lee.
The last National Merit semi-finalist from RHS was Tyler Appt in 2008.
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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