Three UCMST seniors named among top one percent of high school students
Three UCMST seniors named among top one percent of high school students
Posted on 09/19/2016
Merit SemifinalistsThree Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology students are among the only 16,000 seniors nationally to be 2017 named National Merit semifinalists.

Elisabeth Pettibone, of Henry Ford II High School, and Atishay Singh and Aditya Vageesh, of Stevenson High School, placed among the top one percent of U.S. high school students taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

More than 1.5 million students of the Class of 2017 entered the National Merit Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To be selected as a semifinalist, students fulfilled the requirements to enter the next round of the scholarship program which included having a record of consistently high academic performance, being endorsed and recommended by an official of their high school, earning SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance and writing an essay.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 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.

About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.