Two Judge Memorial Catholic High School students have advanced as finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship program. Congratulations to Alysa Bradbury and Mila Sherman.
Alysa and Mila are among the nation's top academically talented high school seniors who have advanced as finalists. This year, the National Merit Scholarship Program’s 61st competition, 15,000 finalists were named. A total of 1.5 million high school juniors initially entered the competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test. To become a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, students submit detailed scholarship applications that included information about their academic records, co-curricular activities, leadership abilities, honors, awards and employment. In March, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will notify the 7,400 finalists selected to receive Merit Scholarship awards, worth $32 million.
Alysa is the daughter of Lee and Andrea Jones of Clinton, Utah. A member of the English Quest and the State math team, Alysa has challenged herself with a course load that includes AP Calculus, AP Government and Politics, AP English, AP Art, and AP Biology. She has been a girl scout for many years, serving as an aide for a local brownie troop and a counselor-in-training. Most recently she has volunteered with the Ogden Nature Center. Alysa’s hobbies include art, reading, and writing. She is interested in majoring in English at the college level. Alysa previously attended St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Ogden.
Mila is the daughter of Michael Sasich of Salt Lake City. She has received the Academic Award for Excellence in Health, and carries a full and varied course load. Among the classes she has taken or is currently enrolled in are AP English, AP Chemistry, advanced drawing, and physics honors. Mila has enjoyed her volunteer experience with Best Friends Animal Society and has developed a passion for animal rights. Her interests include painting, drawing, and creating writing. She plans to major in either fine arts or English in college.
All winners of Merit Scholarship awards will be chosen from this finalist group, based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. Beginning in March and continuing through the spring, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will notify approximately 7,400 finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. These awards are of three types: National Merit scholarships, presented to about 2,500 students; corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, awarded to about 1,000 students; and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, for some 3,900 students.
For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, please visit http://www.nationalmerit.org.
posted February 22, 2016