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Six Ankeny seniors Advance to Finalist Status

 
Tayler Bloom
Tayler Bloom
 
Cameron Bush
Cameron Bush
 
Erin Doruska
Erin Doruska
 
Samuel Eichhorn
Samuel Eichhorn
 
Marianna Elia
Marianna Elia
 
 
Kieran McCormick
Kieran McCormick
 
 
ANKENY, Iowa (February 18, 2019) - Ankeny Community Schools is proud to announce six Ankeny seniors have advanced to Finalist standing in the 64th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program.
 
Congratulations to:

Tayler Bloom

Cameron Bush

Erin Doruska

Samuel Eichhorn

Marianna Elia
Kieran McCormick 

 

The academically talented high school seniors who are selected for this honor have an opportunity to compete for about 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered this spring. More than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar® title.  NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

 

About the 2019 Competition

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 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 their high school is required to 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, 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.

About 16,000 seniors are expected to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. 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.

 

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 300,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.