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Three PPS Students Named National Merit Finalists

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Three PPS Students Named National Merit Finalists
Posted on 02/23/2015
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Three high school students in the Portland Public Schools have been named Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The three Finalists are Olivia Blom of Deering High School; and Carlo Macomber and Ethan Pierce, both of whom attend Casco Bay High School.

The three academically talented Portland Public Schools students were chosen as Semifinalists last fall. They were among about 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide, selected from a pool of about 1.4 million high school juniors who entered the 2015 scholarship program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to the nonprofit National Merit organization.

As Finalists, the three now are part of the competition this spring for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.

To become Finalists, the students had to fulfill several requirements, including having an outstanding academic record throughout high school, writing an essay, and earning SAT scores that confirm their earlier performance on the qualifying test.