National Merit Program Honors 39 Matadors

Rebecca Gluck, Staff Writer

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Miramonte is honored to recognize 39 seniors for academic excellence in the National Merit Scholarship Program this year.
The National Merit Scholarship is a program that commends students from all over the United States for exceptional scores on the Preliminary SAT, also known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Each of the 39 students’ scores exceeded 223, the qualifying score for California.
Six of the students, Margot Mai, Hanna Abruzzo, Julia Shen, Alyssa Henderson, Michelle Wu, and Jenny Li, are Semi-finalists. This means that they will continue on in the program in hopes of becoming a Finalist, when they are eligible to receive a $2500 prize, a corporate-sponsored scholarship, or a college-sponsored scholarship.They submit grades, an essay, and recommendations. About 8,000 Finalists across the country receive National Merit Scholarship awards.
Commended Students’ scores are just below those of the semi-finalists’ scores. 30 Miramonte seniors qualified to be Commended Students. These students do not continue on in the program, but their scores are all the more impressive in that the National Merit Program raised the qualifying score six points this year.
Three seniors also qualified for the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). There are two categories in the NHRP, National Hispanic Honorable Mention Finalist and National Hispanic Scholar. National Hispanic Scholar is the higher title, and the three seniors all received this.

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