Four Hamilton High School students learned recently that they were named in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which was taken by more than 1.6 million students nationwide.
Alex Menzia and Dominic Pino were named Semifinalists. They are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide and will continue in the 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.
Samuel Golding and Tora Kozic were named Commended Students and are among 34,000 students recognized for exceptional academic promise. Although Golding and Kozic will not continue in the competition, they were 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.