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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Five of these are students at John Jay High School: Kailas Amin, Lane Carbaugh, Samuel Chen, Kaley Mamo, and Katherine Ricca. This award is based on their PSAT score from their junior year.
“The entire John Jay HS community is extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students,” said Steven Siciliano, Principal of John Jay High School. “Making it to the semifinals of the National Merit Scholarship Program speaks volumes as to their individual motivation and talent, instruction from dedicated staff, resources provided by a community committed to quality education, and unconditional love and support from their families.”
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.