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Kirkwood School District Board of Education Recognizes National Merit Students

During the September 24, 2018 Kirkwood School District Board of Education meeting, the board recognized 19 seniors who were named National Merit Semifinalists and National Merit Commended Students. Pictured left to right bottom row:  Meredith Lang, Emma Harrell, Hannah Mitchell, Cecelia Herwig and Sarah Vreeland.

Top row:  Isabella Borbonus, Brett Rog, Casey Nash, Charles Birmingham, Elias Boshara, Kenan Dogan and Jared Goudsmit. Not pictured, Nolan Hauck, Fraye Beyene, Brendan Davidson, Frances Huisinga, Abigail Imiolek, Lillian Schlarman and Seth Wiseheart.


Kirkwood High School has 10 Seniors Named as National Merit Semifinalists and National Merit Commended Students Announced


Kirkwood High School (KHS) seniors Charles Birmingham, Elias Boshara, Kenan Dogan, Jared Goudsmit, Emma Harrell, Nolan Hauck, Meredith Lang, Hannah Mitchell, Casey Nash and Sarah Vreeland were named in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among some 16,000 Semifinalists announced nationwide.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/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. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her 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, ben 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.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2019. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Nine KHS Seniors Names as National Merit Commended Students

Kirkwood High School (KHS) seniors Fraye Beyene, Isabella Borbonus, Brendan Davidson, Cecelia Herwig, Frances Huisinga, Abigail Imiolek, Brett Rog, Lillian Schlarman and Seth Wiseheart were named National Merit Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are among some 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).