Three students in St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 have been named semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, the district announced Monday.
In a release, the district said that St. Charles East High School students Hannah Larry and Alexander Park, and St. Charles North student Caroline Blassick have been named semifinalists. The three District 303 students are among 16,000 students nationwide who have been selected for this honor.
The National Merit Scholarship Program’s next phase is in February, when the finalists are notified, the release states.
According to the release, another 14 St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 students earned the National Merit Program’s Commended Status. They are:
St. Charles East High School — Sydney Andersen, Matthew Hinds, Michael Jacobson, Emily Johnson, Mary MacCarthy, Joseph Monroe, Emily Russell, and Kevin Zhang.
St. Charles North High School — Nora Balboa, Mary Fahey, Gavin Karr, Katlyn LaCroix, Kathleen Murphy, and Michael Nelson.
Begun in 1955, the release describes the National Merit Scholarship Program as an academic competition that brings recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screening of about 1.5 million students annually. They also must meet program entry/participation requirements.
About 16,000 students nationwide of the 50,000 high scorers qualify as program semifinalists. To become finalists and be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must meet high academic standards and all other requirements of the program, which are explained in materials provided to each semifinalist. Finalists are notified in February, and National Merit Scholarship winners begin receiving notifications in March, the district’s release states.