• Sept. 12, 2018

    Four named National Merit Semifinalists

    National Merit Semifinalists Four Upper St. Clair High School seniors were recently named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition. The following students scored in the top one percent of all juniors completing the PSAT in October 2017: Reese A. Benonis, Samuel Ding, Serena Luo and Grace A. Wagner.

    “Earning National Merit Finalist status is no easy task,” Dr. Lou Angelo, Upper St. Clair High School principal, said. “We are proud of these four students and the tremendous work they have put forth throughout their academic careers.”

    Founded in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT – the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test – during the fall of their junior year. Of the nearly 1.6 million entrants, the top one percent (approximately 16,000 students) qualify as Semifinalists.

    The Upper St. Clair Semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application that highlights academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

    The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the Semifinalists on Sept. 12, 2018. National Merit Finalists will be named in February 2019, followed by the National Merit Scholars in the spring. The program awards three types of National Merit Scholarships - 2,500 National Merit Scholarships of $2,500; approximately 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships; and 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarships.

    For more information regarding the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit: www.nationalmerit.org.