Mrs. Denise Tobin, principal of Bishop Ireton High School, announced that seniors Catherine Green and Erin Markle have been named National Merit Semifinalists.
About 16,000 students nationwide have been named semifinalists, and they will compete for 7,400 scholarships worth more than $32 million. Students obtain semifinalist standing by scoring in the top 1 percent of U.S. high school students on the Preliminary SAT test taken by high school juniors. The finalists in the scholarship competition will be named in February.
“We are so proud of Catherine and Erin for their hard work and effort in a very rigorous academic program and congratulate them for earning this distinct honor. They represent the standards of our school and we are blessed to have such talented students,” remarked Tobin.
Seniors Austin Baney, Katherine Beutner, Michelle Dwyer, Helen Hong, Annelise Miranda, Brandon Phan, Paul Poling, and Joseph Siedlarz have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying Test (PSAT/MMSQT®).
“We are blessed to work with this group of highly motivated students. Their families can be proud of the academic success they have achieved. Bishop Ireton congratulates these talented young women and young men for demonstrating academic excellence.”