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LH student named NM semifinalist

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Lake Hamilton High School senior Jordan Erickson was recently named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.

Erickson will now compete for around 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

More than 1.6 million juniors in around 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 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, a news release said.

To become a finalist, semifinalists and their high schools must submit a detailed scholarship application, providing 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.

From around 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level in February. 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.

School on 09/30/2018

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