SYLVANIA (WTOL) - Seven local students have been named National Merit scholars, and all seven of them attend the same high school.
At Southview High, they say there must be something in the water. Every few years, it produces special students who are doing great things.
English teacher Paul Moffitt tells us, "There are certain groups that come through this school. You appreciate them while they're here, and you realize that you're not going to see another group like that for another 5 to 10 years."
The class of 2009 has a lot to be proud of. The varsity football team received a parade as the Cougars brought home a state title. Now, the students are making strides when it comes to academics. A total of 17 kids are getting recognition by the National Merit Scholarship program, 10 received letters of commendation and 7 have advanced to finalist standing.
"People in our class know that we are the finalists and that we have achieved something great," said student Julia Hu.
The process started their junior year when each student received outstanding scores on the preliminary scholastic aptitude test (PSAT). Two of the students received perfect scores.
So what sets this class apart?
"In this class in particular, the class of 2009, there's definitely a sense of camaraderie and friendship," says Hu.
They also have raw ambition. These students not only work well together, they work together at a lot of things. One student told us he is in 7 or 8 activities.
It's paying off. Each of the students are set to receive full-ride scholarships to schools of their choice.