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Lilly and Manno named National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/19/2019
Lilly and Manno named National Merit SemifinalistsCongratulations to THS Seniors Ryan Lilly and Matthew Manno for being named Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Lilly and Manno are among 16,000 semifinalists in the country. They will continue in the competition for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, which are worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. More than 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will earn a National Merit Scholarship.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 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 a high school official 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 or ACT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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