Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Highlands Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Helen Ross and Corinne Smith. 
Highlands High School seniors Helen Ross and Corinne Smith have been named finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Approximately 1.5 million students took the PSAT in October of their junior year. Of these juniors, about 16,000 gain scores that qualify them as Semifinalists, and this group is then narrowed to 15,000 Finalists.

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To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. The semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Approximately 90% of semifinalists advanced to the finalist level; from this group, all National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. All finalists are considered for National Merit Scholarships offered in 2017.


Trinity Walsh, Highlands High School guidance counselor, stated, “Helen and Corinne are both exceptional young women. They have excelled academically during their high school career, and I would anticipate nothing less from them in college. 

I remember both of them well as they entered Highlands as freshmen. The transformation that they have made over the last several years has been a pleasure to watch. I am looking forward to their achievements moving forward.”

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