The faculty and staff of Mariemont High School are pleased to announce that four seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and the College Board. Erin Cash, Neil Findley, Amanda Lewis and Jack Mathis all scored in the top half of one percent of the nearly 1.6 million students who took the PSAT last October.
“We are incredibly proud of these young scholars for this exemplary achievement,” said James Renner, Ph.D., Mariemont High School principal. "These four students, their families and their teachers are to be congratulated for this huge accomplishment. At Mariemont High School, we strive to ensure our students achieve their highest potential as they prepare for the colleges and careers to which they aspire after high school. I wish these students the best of luck as they pursue their interests and progress through the rest of the school year.”
According to the National Merit Scholarship Organization website, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis.
In February, about 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified by mail if they have advanced to the Finalist level. There are eight requirements the Semifinalists must achieve in order to advance to Finalist, including a record of consistently very high academic performance in grades 9 through 12 and in any college course work taken, as well as submitting SAT scores that confirm their 2014 PSAT performances.
In late April, the organization will announce the corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients; in early May they announce the National Merit $2500 Scholarship recipients; in late May they announce the college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients; and in mid July they will announce any additional college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients.
Congratulations Erin Cash, Neil Findley, Amanda Lewis and Jack Mathis!