Principal’s Message: National Merit Semi-Finalists & Commended Scholars

principals-message-logo1Mater Dei High School is very pleased and proud to announce and congratulate our National Merit semi-finalist, Sydney Gang and National Merit Commended Scholars, Emily R. Brunette, Grace N. Emmel, Sebastian Gutierrez, Matthew B. McGhee, Jonathan W. Saba, Alexander S. Stoller and Jun Z. Wang.  It is indeed a great honor for these students to be recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding academic achievements and success on the PSAT/NMSQT taken during their junior year of high school.

To have qualified as a National Merit semi-finalist means that Sydney is in the top 1% of the nation’s high school graduating seniors and has an opportunity to advance in the competition for some prestigious Merit Scholarship awards.  Our commended students are among the highest scorers in the National Merit program, again based on their outstanding scores on the PSAT/NMSQT exam taken in their junior year.  Some of these commended students may be candidates for special college Scholarships offered through the National Merit program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.  It is a privately financed not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance and the competition is open to all US high school students who meet the participation requirements. To date, Mater Dei High School has had 167 National Merit Finalists. This is an incredible honor for our students as well as our teachers.

On October 15, all MDHS Junior level students will have the opportunity to take the PSAT Exam and we hope to have many of these students recognized in their senior year as National Merit scholars.

In Mater Dei,

Frances Clare, Principal


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