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Our National Merit Semifinalist

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Madeira High School Senior Chet Dobson was named as a National Merit Semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the spring of 2018.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. The National Merit® Scholarship Program (NMSC), 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®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses in February if they have advanced to Finalist standing. High school principals are notified and provided with a certificate to present to each Finalist.

National Merit Commended Students
Eight members of the Madeira High School Class of 2018 were named as National Merit Commended Students in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

John Baldan, Samantha Blackwelder, David Grimm, Ethan Hopkin, Emma Kruse, Maxwell Pennington, Samuel Schloss and Angelo Wei are among approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the PSAT.

John Baldan and Joseph Rau were also recognized as National Hispanic Scholars for finishing in the top 2.5% of Hispanic/Latino students who took the PSAT.


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Pictured (Row 1 l to r): John Baldan, Emma Kruse, Samantha Blackwelder, Ethan Hopkin, Angelo Wei. Row 2: David Grimm, Samuel Schloss, Max Pennington. Not pictured: Joseph Rau





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