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2017 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists announced

Oct 26, 2016 10:59AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Two Batavia High School students have been named semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program: Matthew Grendzinski and Colin Holden.

Colin Holden

The Batavia High School seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million, which will be offered next spring. About 90% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the “Merit Scholar” title.

Matthew Grendzinski

Approximately 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Out of the 1.6 million student applicants, 16,000 advanced to National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors.