Kings boasts 3 Merit Semifinalists
Over 1.5 million entrants, and only about 16,000 students nationwide are selected to be a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Out of the 16,000 Kings High School has 3 of it’s very own included.
In order to participate in this, a student must take the PSAT (an initial screening test for the competition), they must be enrolled as a high school student, and be a citizen of the united states.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) says that student’s answers on the PSAT are what’s important to becoming a semifinalist.
“The student’s responses to items on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet that are specific to NMSC program entry determine whether the individual meets requirements to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program,” the NMSC says.
The competition is out of 1.5 million entrants but is narrowed down to 50,000, then 34,000, then 16,000, and the finalists that win scholarships are the last 15,000.
This February, the finalists will be notified and their Principal will be given a certificate to award them.
The NMSC says that the winners are looked at by many different angles.
“ A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the Finalists’s own essay,” NMSC says.
There are two types of scholarships awarded: Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.
KHS has three seniors that are NMS semifinalists: Gina Grosso, Luke Danko, and Alexa Murray.
Murray said that it’s an honor being up for NMS and that she is hoping for any of the scholarships.
Murray takes three AP classes and spends her study halls wisely. She said she is very motivated to do things thoroughly.
Grosso takes four AP classes. She carries a 4.5 GPA. Grosso prepares for school and tests by eating a good breakfast. She makes sure to manage her time when she tests.To maintain her grades she is very focused and spends a lot of time studying.
“I use my study hall to the fullest extent,” Grosso said.
Grosso hopes to attend Indiana University or OSU. She is hoping that being a NMS finalist could help with something even better.
“I’m hoping that the fact that I am a finalist gives me an even bigger chance for scholarships,” she said.
Danko said that being a NMS semifinalist excites him and that he is also open to any money that anyone is willing to offer him. Danko takes 6 AP classes and is ranked 3rd in his class. His GPA is a 4.525. Danko said that in order to do well in school he has to pay attention in class. His test strategy is eliminating answers. Danko said that in order to maintain his grades and GPA he has to keep track of things.
“I have to manage my time wisely,” Danko said.