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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Board Recognizes Students Competing in National Merit Scholarship Competition

National Merit Scholarship Program students discuss the competition. Bonny Lemma (left) and Samantha Lohner (right) are Commended Students. Savannah Brady (middle) is a Semifinalist.
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Six Fort Thomas District students were selected to continue in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition underway.

The students were recognized and honored at the October Fort Thomas School Board meeting. The board had the opportunity to meet some of the students who were able to attend.

Two students, Savannah Brady and Natalie Reed, have been named National Merit Semifinalists and will continue in the competition process to for the opportunity to become National Merit Scholar Finalists.

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Approximately 1.6 million students, primarily high school juniors, enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Out of that number, 50,000 students are selected for program recognition.

Only 16,000 students, the top one percent of scorers from each state, are invited to become Semifinalists. Of these 15,000 will move on to become Finalists.

The remaining students selected are designated Commended Students. While they will not continue in the competition, they are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement, and they will be eligible for one of the 1,200 Special Scholarships awarded by the organization each year.

Four Fort Thomas students were selected as Commended Students: Joseph Broering, Audrey Cann, Bonny Lemma and Samantha Lohner.

Finalists and Special Scholarship recipients will be notified and announced this spring.

The National Merit Scholarship Program began in 1955. Some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million are awarded each year.

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