National Merit Scholarship Program Recognizes 19 Pine-Richland Seniors
National Achievement Scholarship Program honors one PRHS senior.
Pine-Richland School District has 19 students named a "Commended" or a "Semifinalist" student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, the NMSP announced recently.
In addition, senior Louisa Baidoo has been designated a semifinalist in the annual National Achievement Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
She and other scholastically talented young men and women will compete for about 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.5 million.
Seniors named Semifinalists include:
- Natalie Blandino
- Louisa Baidoo
- Hannah Christenson
- Marcus Colella
- Marissa Di
- Kasey Elkin
- Nicholas Jones
- Alianna Sanzi
- Amulya Yennam
Seniors honored with Commended status include:
- James Burgess
- Catherine Chleboski
- Angad Guglana
- Sneha Iyer
- Kevin Klingensmith
- Olivia Marchionda
- Jared Ohlund
- Maria O’Keeffe
- Christine Ostrosky
- Bayne Royall
Semifinalists are among only 16,000 academically talented students nationwide earning this recognition, and about 90 percent are expected to be named Finalists.
The Finalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered this spring.
About half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Commended students are among 34,000 students through the US, who are honored and are among the top 5 percent.
To achieve Semifinalist and Commended status in the 2013 competition, students excelled on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization which operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
PRHS had a record number of 21 students named finalists, semifinalists and commended in the 2012 program.
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