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2018 National Merit Scholarship finalists

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Thirty-four students from the Cherry Creek School District have been named finalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, which honors the nation’s scholastic champions and encourages the pursuit of academic excellence. These academically talented high school seniors now have the opportunity to win one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships which will be presented later this spring.
Congratulations to the Cherry Creek School District’s 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists:
Vida Alami, Cherokee Trail High School   
Andrea Arias, Cherry Creek High School
Ansley G. Avis, Cherry Creek High School
Betty Bai, Cherry Creek High School
Ramshankar Balasubramaniyan, Grandview High School
Cody Bardin, Eaglecrest High School
Aubrey Berger, Eaglecrest High School
Robert Chambers, Cherry Creek High School
Hannah Cussen, Cherry Creek, High School
Bennett Edelschein, Cherry Creek High School
Ethan Elgavish, Cherry Creek High School
Matthew Fox, Grandview High School
Adam Hoerger, Cherry Creek High School
Alexandra Hong, Cherry Creek High School
Kylie Hunter, Cherry Creek High School
Dai An Jiang, Cherry Creek High School
Aditya Kumar, Cherry Creek High School
Grace Lao, Cherry Creek High School
Anna Lawrence, Cherry Creek High School
Toby Lee, Cherry Creek High School
Siddarth Mane, Cherry Creek High School
Ana Mayordomo, Cherry Creek High School
Rachel Moes, Cherry Creek High School
Ryan Olsen, Cherokee Trail High School
Daivi Patel, Cherokee Trail High School
Max Pumilia, Cherry Creek High School
Georgia Roberts, Cherry Creek High School
John Rogers, Grandview High School
Benjamin Roswell, Cherry Creek High School
Jared Scott, Cherry Creek High School
Isani Singh, Cherry Creek High School
Aditya Sinha, Cherry Creek High School
Hari Sowrirajan, Cherry Creek High School
Anna Weinstein, Cherry Creek  High School

About 1.6 million juniors from 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. From that group, 16,000 semifinalists were selected. That group represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities 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.

From the 16,000 semifinalists, approximately 15,000 finalists are selected and are eligible to win one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.

2018 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced between April and July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 300,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s top high school scholars and encouraging their continued pursuit of academic excellence.

Posted 3/20/2018 10:24 AM
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