Thirty-one New Trier High School students have been named as Semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship competition.
Of about 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the country who entered the 2019 program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), only approximately 16,000 earned the Semifinalist designation. This nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants of the state, who will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.
To become a Finalist, 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. The Semifinalist's participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received must also be submitted.
Approximately 15,000 Semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and Merit Scholar designees will be selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
New Trier's 2019 National Merit Semifinalists are:
Abigail Baran; Max Bickers; Katherine Busch; Charles Coppieters 't Wallant; Isabel Cox; Emily Dale; Sarah Ann Duck; Tess Fallon; Charles Forbes; Samantha Fountain; Samuel Geraghty; Alexandra Gjaja; Julia Hamill; Daniel Hess; Hannah Kadin; Eleanor Kaplan; John Keenan; Da Hee Kim; Brandon Lee; Edward Lee; Grace Lee; Marion Madanguit; Nicole Montenegro; Asher Noel; Julianne Ross; Katherine Schindler; Ella Schotz; Edward Seol; Chloe Solon; Patrick Tolan; and Ella Worth.
More information on the National Merit Scholarship Program is available through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, www.nationalmerit.org .