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Asheville School Students Named Semifinalists, Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Asheville School Students Named Semifinalists, Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

On September 13, officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced Semifinalists and students receiving commendation for the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarships Program.

Asheville School seniors Mac Waters and John Delaloye are two of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide. Eleanor McRae, Fahad Mohammad and John Michael Selser have been named Commended Students.

This round of the National Merit Scholarship Program is decided by students' scores on tests taken during their junior year of high school. According to a press release from NMSC, "About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants."

Semifinalists are the highest scoring students in each state, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, according to NMSC. All Semifinalists have the opportunity to continue working towards earning a National Merit Scholarship—they must first apply to be a Finalist and then about half of the Finalists earn a scholarship and the title of Merit Scholar.

While Commended Students cannot continue in the competition to earn a National Merit Scholarship, they also earned some of the top scores on the PSAT/NMSQT in the nation. According to the NSMC, "About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise."

Asheville School Director of the College Office Leah Lambert recognized the achievements of the Semifinalists and Commended Students. "We are proud of these students," she said. "We fully support John and Mac as they move forward in the National Merit selection process."

National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced between April and July 2018. Join us in offering Mac Waters and John Delaloye congratulations as they advance to the Finalist round!
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