Congratulations to Tech’s 2018 National Merit Semifinalists & Commended Students

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We are delighted to announce that once again a number of Tech seniors have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Please join us in congratulating:

OT 2018 National Merit Semifinalists

  • Francois E. Barrilleaux 
  • Leah M. Carrere 
  • Aden Goldberg 

These three fine scholars are among 16,000 semifinalists out of the 1.6 million students nationwide who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). They have earned the opportunity to continue in the competition to become National Merit Scholarship® Finalists and recipients of some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth a total of $32 million that will be offered next spring.

OT 2018 National Merit Commended Students

  • Josiah Berkov-Kemp
  • Johanna M. Castro-Karney
  • Alston Chan
  • Alexander M. Hedrick
  • Julianne C. Inadomi
  • Milo T. Kagiwada
  • Jonah Kaufman-Cohen
  • Ryan P. Luu
  • Fiona M. Osborn
  • Karsen Paul
  • Kendall Prime
  • Naomi Weld

These Tech students are among 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic work. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit® Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers.

Congratulations, Bulldogs!

Semifinalist Program, Explained

In order to qualify as a National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalist, students must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) as a high school junior. The highest-scoring entrants in each state are chosen in proportion to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. In total, the Semifinalists are less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

As a Semifinalist, they must advance to Finalist standing before being considered for a Merit Scholarship award. Semifinalist must be fully endorsed by the school principal (or designated school official). Submit a scholarship application that includes information regarding their academic record, extracurricular and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards. Semifinalists must have an exemplary academic record, submit an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and ending in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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