Local Schools Announce National Merit Semifinalists

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For the fifty eighth year running, the list of semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program has been announced. Kids at local schools, both public and private, make the list.

The honor is bestowed on the highest-scoring entrants in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and represents about one percent, or 16,000, U.S. high school seniors across the nation. Pretty impressive.

Even more exciting for those who make the semi-finalist list is the prospect of what may follow. Semifinalists have a strong shot of becoming finalists, who compete for 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships; every little bit counts, right?

Consideration as a finalist is a little more complicated than being named a semifinalist. Applying for a finalist position requires a stellar academic record, an endorsement from a high school official, a written essay, and exceptional SAT scores. Despite the rigorous process, approximately 15,000 of the 16,000 semi-finalists make it to the final round.

Finalist or no, those students who made the list of semifinalists should feel pretty darn proud. Here’s a list showing the schools (and corresponding number of students) from which this year’s National Merit Semi-finalists hail:

Baltimore Area Independent Schools

Friends: 6

Garrison Forest: 2

Gilman: 8

The Key School: 3

McDonogh: 7

Notre Dame Prep: 1

Park School: 2

St. Paul’s School for Girls: 2

Baltimore County Public Schools

Catonsville High School: 2

Dulaney High School: 9

Franklin High School: 3

Hereford High School: 4

Perry Hall High School: 2

Pikesville High School: 1

Towson High School: 2

Please note, local schools not listed here either did not have any or did not publicize National Merit semifinalists on their websites or did not respond to Baltimore Fishbowl inquiries. We encourage schools not mentioned that do possess semifinalists to let us know in the comments. 



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