14 Blake School Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
The students are among 16,000 semifinalists in the 58th annual competition.
More than one in 10 Blake School seniors have been named as National Merit semifinalists.
The school had a total of 14 students named as semifinalists this year—about 11 percent of the senior class, according to the school.
The Blake students named as semifinalists are:
- Claire Carpenter
- Alexander Crane
- Aditi Gupta
- Kelsey Hayes
- Alexander Herkert
- Alexandria Herr
- Laine Higgins
- Janhawi Kelkar
- Beatrice Lim
- Kalpit Modi
- Kelsey Myers
- Alexandra Peterson
- Timothy Pruett
- Daniel Weiser
The 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test served as the initial screening for program entrants. About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 competition by taking the test.
Less than 1 percent of high school seniors are named as semifinalists.
About 15,000 of the semifinalists will go on to become finalists. Announcement of who received that designation will come in February.
To advance, semifinalists must perform well in high school, receive an endorsement from their principals and earn high SAT scores. The semifinalists must also submit a detailed scholarship application with an essay and details about their participation and leadership in school activities.
All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from among the finalists. In 2013, there will be three types of scholarships available:
- Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 $2,500 National Merit Scholarships awarded based on state representational.
- About 240 corporations and business organizations are offering 1,000 scholarships for finalists who meet certain criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located.
- About 200 colleges and universities are expected to fund approximately 4,800 scholarships for finalists who will attend the sponsoring institution.
In all, about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million will be awarded.
Winners will be named in four announcements between April and July.