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HHS Seniors Named Semi-Finalists in National Scholarship Program


HOLMDEL (October 3, 2017) – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced its 2018 Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 63rd annual program and as usual, Holmdel High School students are included among them.


Holmdel High School seniors Jessica Kuleshov, Tommie Reerink, and Erica Wu were named a Semifinalist in this year’s program while eighteen other students earned recognition as Commended Students. They are: Jessica Birk, Paige Chan, Allison Chow, Andrew Cornelio, Audrey Hua, Luke Li, Anna Milstein, Sophia Miskiewicz, Emily Nesson, Roi Pascual, Andy Poon, Daniel Rafla, Audrey Rodriguez, Hamzah Shaikh, Cynthia Syren, Kathryn Tso, Joyce Wang, and Andy Yang.

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Approximately, 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools 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, 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.


From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February 2018 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.  


"It is always gratifying to have so many of our students recognized for their academic achievements," said Superintendent, Dr. Robert McGarry. "It’s a testament to the excellence in teaching and learning for which our district is known."


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