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Stanwich Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Monday, September 18, 2017

Stanwich School senior Henry Hittle was named a semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Noted as academically talented students, semifinalists will continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

About 1.6 million high school juniors entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his/her school must submit a detailed scholarship application that provides 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. Of the 16,000 semifinalists, 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level in February.

Congratulations to Henry who has attended Stanwich since Kindergarten!