Four Hamilton High School seniors learned recently that they were named in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Julie Posh and Evan Thompson were named Semifinalists. They are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide and will continue in the 2011 competition for Merit Scholarship awards. The nationwide 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.
Paula Myatt and Michael Newman were named Commended Students and are among 34,000 students who were recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
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 450 business organizations and higher education institutions to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.