Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of five Bedford High School seniors who are Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Bedford’s 2013 Semifinalists are Pei-Yun Chu; Lindsey Currier; Catherine Hayes; Katherine Johnson; and Margaret Rubin.
They are among approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors
Bedford’s Semifinalists may continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships 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.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their 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. National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists.
Correction: The headline for original posting of this story incorrectly identified Bedford’s five Semi-Finalists as Finalists. As noted in the story, National Merit Finalists will be announced in Spring, 2014.