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National Merit Scholarship Program: 2018

THREE Judge Memorial Catholic High School Students Honored in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations Eric Hall 2018 National Merit Finalist!

2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Over 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). In September 2017, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated on a state-representational basis. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school offcial, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifnalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2018 competition, about 7,500 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $31 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Judge Memorial seniors, Logan Seat and Alexander Junkins, were recognized as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students, account for more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT ® and were presented with Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Congratulations to all these outstanding individuals!

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Judge Memorial Catholic High School National Merit Honorees
2017-2018: Eric Hall, Alexander Junkins, Logan Seat
2016-2017: Victoria Stevens 
2015-2016:  Alysa Bradbury, Mila Sherman
2014-2015:  Ian Gorrell-Brown,  Erin Malooly, Christopher Payne, Saylor Soinski
2013-2014: Ally Dugan, Anne Holt
2012-2013: Emily Murnin
2011-2012: Erin Dugan
2010-2011: Matthew Pell, Brian Willhard
2009-2010: Meghan Brockmeyer, Craig Domeier, Jennifer Gardner, Isabelle Ghabash, Michael Hanover, Parker Mildenhall, Marissa Novak
2008-2009: Dane Brodke, Christopher Pell, Salt Lake City, Seth Zost
2007-2008: Noel Hollingsworth, Kaitlyn Kelley, Shauna Lee, Maggie Wu