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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Awarded

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Seniors Victoria Lee, Melisa Osborne, Laura Pusey and James Yorke have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Laura Pusey was also named a National Hispanic Scholar Finalist. During the September 28 Honors Assembly in which these students were honored, more than 150 Upper School students were awarded Headmaster’s Honors and more than 60 Upper School students were added to the Honor Roll.

The National Merit Scholarship Competition uses PSAT/NMSQT selection index scores (the sum of critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills scores) to determine participants who qualify for program recognition. There are approximately 1.5 million entrants with semifinalists being the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become a finalist, a semi-finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. The semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Approximately 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level and it is from this group that all National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen and announced in February.

The National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors nearly 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from approximately 235,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. These students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad.

Students on the Honor Roll earned a fall semester GPA of 3.5 to 3.74, and students on the Headmaster’s Honor Roll earned a fall semester GPA of 3.75 or higher. For a full list of honorees, including Honor Roll students and Headmaster’s Honor Roll students read the Honors Assembly program.


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