Two Hamilton High School seniors, Mathew Olkowski and Kathryn Le Claire, learned that they were named in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which was taken by more than 1.5 million students nationwide.
Olkowski was named Semifinalist. He is among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide and will continue in the 2012 competition for Merit Scholarship awards. The pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the students’ earlier test performance.
Le Claire was named Commended Student and is among 34,000 students recognized for her exceptional academic promise. Although she will not continue in the 2012 competition, Le Claire was recognized for placing among the top five percent of U.S. students who took the qualifying exam.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), established in 1955, is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.