Sean Hogan, Patrick Howard, Grace McGonagle, Ethan Parker, and Willem Shuddeboom have been selected as 2019 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. They all have the chance to compete for one of 7,500 scholarships awarded in the spring.
The students were selected from about 1.6 million juniors nationwide based on their 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores, in which they placed among the highest in the state. From here they will submit an application that details their academic record, community and school participation, leadership roles, employment, honors, and awards.
According to the NMS official announcement, "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 in the qualifying test."
In February, the the group will find out whether they have made it to the finalist level, after which winners will be selected and announced in April. GFA's Christopher Glynn '17 was a National Merit Scholarship recipient in 2017, and Kendall Roche '18 was a finalist last year.