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2018 National Merit Scholarship Recognition!

Congratulations to Shefali Janorkar and Jacqueline Thompson for their recognition in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition.
 
Shefali is a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist and Jacqueline is a Commended student for their top scores on the PSAT.
 
These two outstanding students are among the top 1% scorers in the nation and they are to be congratulated for their academic excellence.
 
Notre Dame Academy is very proud to have had our students recognized for their academic talent by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for the past six consecutive years!
 
Shefali now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.
 
More information about the National Merit Scholarship Competition:
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
 
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. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.