Twenty Two Seniors Garner Recognition from 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program and College Board

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) and the College Board published news that twenty two members of The Park School class of 2014 have garnered recognition this year with eight having been named either Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship and National Achievement Scholarship programs or Scholars in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. 

National Merit Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring. The National Achievement Semifinalist will be entered into the competition for one of the 700 National Achievement scholarships awarded each year. The two National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars were presented with the highest award given by the program. And fifteen seniors were recognized as Commended students in the 2014 National Merit Program.

Congratulations to all! 

The National Merit Scholarship program is open to all high school students who complete the PSAT/NMSQT by the close of their junior year. About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semi?nalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. 

The National Achievement Scholarship program is open to all high school students who identify as Black American and complete the PSAT/NMSQT by the close of their junior year. In this competition, 4,700 students are selected for recognition, representing the top 3%. Of those, 1,600 students advance to Semifinalist status.

The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT®.

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