The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Eighteen of those students are from Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools!
NMSC’s goal is to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.
These academically talented seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. 15,000 students are expected to advance to the Finalist level in February. All National Merit Scholarship winners will then be selected from this group of Finalists and will be announced from April to July.
About 1.5 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, 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.
Below is a list of District 113 Semifinalists. Congratulations!
Deerfield High School: Richard Bernstein, Maneesh Chitturu, Shayna Fertig, Bernice Hsu, Madeleine Kenyon, Marissa Levy, Tobias Ma, Samuel Mostow, and Elizabeth Zwart.
Highland Park High School: Scott Beck, Anne Charnes, Alex Gordon, Emilie Greenberg, Matthew Kaufmann, Cari Kraus, Melissa Peters, Micah Silberstein, and Elliot Weiss.