Four Lemont High School seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their performance on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Kim Gannon was cited as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, while Ethan Parafink, Justin Stanwyck and Lynn Stanwyck all were cited with National Merit Commended Students distinction.
According to Tony Hamilton, director of school and community relations for District 210, the scores compiled by Lemont High School’s four honorees ranked them among the top five percent of all students in the United States who took the PSAT/NMSQT in 2011.
More than 1.5 million high school juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2011. Of that group, approximately 16,000 students were named as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists and about 34,000 students were designated as Commended Students.
Of those students named as Semifinalists, approximately 15,000 attain Finalist standing, with more than half of those earning a National Merit Scholarship and receiving Merit Scholar accolades.
As a National Merit Semifinalist, Gannon will continue in the competition for some of the more than $32 million in National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in spring 2013.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists and their high schools must submit a detailed scholarship application providing information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and honors and awards received.
Semifinalists will learn whether they will become National Merit Finalists in February 2013.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, founded in 1955, is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Its scholarships are underwritten by its own funds and approximately 500 business organizations and higher education institutions.
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