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Three PPS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Three PPS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/13/2017
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Three high school seniors in the Portland Public Schools have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented students will have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth over $32 million offered next spring.

The three Semifinalists are Lucy Tumavicus, a student at Deering High School, and Jessica Brown and Samuel Mermin, who attend Portland High School.

These students are three of around 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide. Semifinalists were selected from a pool of about 1.6 million high school juniors that entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and include the highest scoring entrants in each state, according to the nonprofit National Merit organization.

Of the 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. To advance, Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Of those Finalists, about half will win a National Merit Scholarship and become National Merit Scholars.

The 2018 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and ending in July. These scholarship recipients will join over 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.