Two Stevenson High School students are among 16,000 U.S. seniors nationally to be named National Merit semifinalists.
Atishay Singh and
Aditya Vageesh, of Stevenson High School, placed among the top one
percent of national high school students taking the Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Also named a merit semifinalist is Elisabeth Pettibone, of Henry Ford II High School.
All three students also attend the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology.
More than 1.5 million students of the Class of 2017 entered the National
Merit Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test.
To be selected as a semifinalist, students fulfilled the requirements to enter the next round of the scholarship program which included having a record of consistently high academic performance, being endorsed and recommended by an official of their high school, earning SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance and writing an essay.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.