10 Shorecrest Seniors Recognized by National Merit Program
by: Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
Shorecrest seniors Addison Sptaru '23, Kevin Tang '23, and Dylan Winer '23 have been named 2023 National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The three Shorecrest seniors earned their semifinalist status with their exceptional scores on the 2021 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 one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her 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, 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.
Finalists will be notified in February. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. 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.
The following seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program: Alexander Bean '23, Becket Foster '23, Felix Fudge '23, Jackson McDevitt '23, Enzo Pagano '23, Caleb Perez '23 and Matthew White '23. The program recognizes outstanding academic promise, and some of these students become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
In addition, Dylan Winer '23 received a National Hispanic Recognition Award from the National Merit program, one of College Board's four recognition programs. To qualify, students must score in the top 10% on the PSAT.
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