The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released its list of National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students, naming five Mariemont High School students as National Merit Scholars. Catherine Geary and Anna Scheeser were named semifinalists for the prestigious award while Avery Lindner, Kate Overbey and Amelia Popowics received Commended honors.
“We are very proud of these five talented students” said Mariemont High School Principal Dr. James Renner. “They each work tirelessly to showcase themselves both in and out of the classroom and are all great representatives of Mariemont High School and the excellence we strive for each day.”
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test — which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year— and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. All five MHS students placed among the top 50,000 scorers.
As semifinalists, Gear and Scheeser will continue in the 2019 competition in the hopes of earning one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered next spring. The nation-wide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of US high school seniors.
Although not moving on in the competition, Lindner, Overbey and Popowics represent around 34,000 students from across the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.