Three Xavier seniors named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

From left is Taylor Lawritson, Maeve McIntyre and Maeneka Grewal. (photos by Duke Photography)

From left is Taylor Lawritson, Maeve McIntyre and Maeneka Grewal. (photos by Duke Photography)

Xavier College Preparatory has announced that three seniors – Maeneka Grewal, Taylor Lawritson, and Maeve McIntyre – have been named semi-finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

On Sept. 14, officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semi-finalists in its 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Nationwide, approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to a press release.

Next spring, these semi-finalists – who represent the top one-half of one percent of students who take the PSAT and who comprise less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors – will have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $33 million.

In order to advance to the finalist level of the competition, a semi-finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by her high school principal, earn SAT scores that confirm her earlier performance on the qualifying test, and submit a detailed scholarship application that includes a student essay and information regarding her participation and leadership in community and school activities.

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