|Pattonville senior named National Merit semifinalist|
|Wednesday, September 13, 2017|
Pattonville High School senior Grace Skelton has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program and now has the opportunity to continue in the competition to earn a National Merit Scholarship.
Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Only about 16,000 out of the initial 1.6 million earned semifinalist status.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application, providing information about his or her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.