Additional Senior Earns National Merit Semifinalist Distinction
The College Counseling Office received some unexpected good news when they were notified that another member of the senior class has been designated as a National Merit Semifinalist! Kaiden Hafele ’21 is a transfer student who took the test last year before enrolling at Gilmour, so the College Counseling Office was only just notified of his accomplishment. He joins three other classmates - Eric Brandt ’21, Mollie Edmondson ’21 and Joe Rottinghaus ’21 - who also were named National Merit Semifinalists this fall.
Of the more than 1.5 million juniors around the country who took the qualifying test – the PSAT – last fall, only 16,000 students earned the Semifinalist distinction. Semifinalists can then advance to the Finalist level of the competition after submitting a detailed scholarship application. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation states that the student must “have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.” Approximately 15,000 students are expected to be named Finalists. Of those Finalists, 7,600 will earn the Merit Scholar designation and National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $30 million.