Five high school students in the district have been designated semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition, a distinction that will allow them to be considered as finalists for the prestigious academic award.
The students join a list of only 16,000 others in an applicant pool of 1.4 million students across the U.S. who have shown similar academic talent and rigor. The students will be in the running to collect some 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth approximately $33 million to be handed out this spring.
The students are:
Nicholas Kearney, Sanford H. Calhoun High School
Beatrice Brown, John F. Kennedy High School
Nicholas Field, John F. Kennedy High School
Seth Gottlieb, John F. Kennedy High School
Justin Shapiro, John F. Kennedy High School
The National Merit Scholarship Program is managed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Scholarship winners will be announced this spring.