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Congratulations National Merit Semifinalists
Twenty-eight students from the Cherry Creek School District have been named Semifinalists in the 58th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be awarded next spring.

The Cherry Creek Schools National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are:
 
Spencer Berends, Cherokee Trail HS
Ethiyal Wilson, Cherokee Trail HS
Johan Baskin, Cherry Creek HS
Scott Berger, Cherry Creek HS
Madeleine Bernstein, Cherry Creek HS
Karenna Bol, Cherry Creek HS
Tori Chen, Cherry Creek HS
Daniel Kaprielian, Cherry Creek HS
Zachary Kayal, Cherry Creek HS
Tyler Kelsall, Cherry Creek HS
Yongkyum Kim, Cherry Creek HS
Margo Leibold, Cherry Creek HS
Jessica Li, Cherry Creek HS
Nicole Moes, Cherry Creek HS
Brandt Nelson, Cherry Creek HS
Ashley Qiang, Cherry Creek HS
Julian Schwab, Cherry Creek HS
Jeremy Singer, Cherry Creek HS
Katy Su, Cherry Creek HS
Amanda Casner, Grandview HS
Joseph Choe, Grandview HS
Brandon Skogen, Grandview HS
Victoria Rowe, Grandview HS
Julian Cannon, Overland HS
Drew Gordon, Smoky Hill HS
Dirk Marshall, Smoky Hill HS
Catherine Song, Smoky Hill HS
Melody Su, Smoky Hill HS
 
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 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.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2013 will be announced between April and July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 291,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
Posted 9/27/2012 2:28 PM
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