Seniors Honored by National Merit Scholarship Program
Two seniors, Caroline Gilpin andJay White, were recently selected as semifinalists for the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. In addition, seniors JP Fernandez, AlexKovensky, Genna Panzitta, Ana Schretter, Angela Young were commended.
Gilpin and White are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, which represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. The students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring of 2019.
Semifinalists nationwide were selected from about 1.6 million high school students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during their junior year.
To be considered for a Merit Scholar award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level, including academic records, community participation, leadership abilities and honors received.
From the 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. The approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen from that group of finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.