All four Madeira seniors who were selected out of approximately 16,000 students nationwide as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists in the fall have advanced to the final level. Samuel Aaron, Mckenna Blackwelder, Brittany Ladd and Duncan Maier have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists in the 62nd National Merit Scholarship program.
After being named Semifinalists in the fall, these students fulfilled the National Merit Scholarship Program's requirements to move forward in the competition. A variety of information was used for selectors to evaluate: the student's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school counselor's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.
Sam, Mckenna, Brittany and Duncan will now continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million in the spring. If selected, they will win National Merit Scholarships and earn the title of Merit Scholar. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April 2017 and concluding in July.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) .Responses to items on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet that are specific to NMSC program entry determine whether the individual meets requirements to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the program’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence underwrite scholarships awarded.
Congratulations to our National Merit Finalists!
Pictured (l to r): Duncan Maier, Mckenna Blackwelder, Samuel Aaron, Brittany Ladd
Madeira's Fall 2016 National Merit Commended Scholars: Abby Fisk, Chris Landgrebe, Tony Pape, Raleigh Potluri, Liam Powis, Nick Ramos, Lexin Yuan