Two Students Receive Semi-Finalist Status to National Merit Scholarship

Two Kennedy Catholic students–Tucker Clair ’15, and Susanna Cohen ’15  have been named Semi-Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Press Release from NMSC:  Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Five other Kennedy Catholic students were named Commended Students in the National Merit Program: seniors Mary Burns, Margaret Caridi, Jennifer Galvao, Alexandria Kleinschmidt and Ryan Marrone.

Congratulations Tucker, Susanna, Mary, Margaret, Jennifer, Alexandria and Ryan!

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