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Three Batavia High School students named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists (from left) Andrew Scott, Natalie Sweeney and Christian Tamar.

Three Batavia High School students have been named Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program:

●     Andrew Scott

●     Natalie Sweeney

●     Christian Tamar

These academically talented Batavia High School seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million, which will be offered next spring. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship and earn the “Merit Scholar” title.

Approximately 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Out of the 1.4 million student applicants, 15,000 are expected to advance to Finalist level. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

Commended Students

In addition to the National Merit Scholarship semifinalist announcement, the National Merit Scholarship Program also announced that 12 Batavia High School students were named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and from the National Merit Scholarship Program will be presented to the following seniors:

●     Emma Baunach

●     Justin Chu

●     William Dremel

●     Grace Gerardi

●     Bennett Hardin

●     Matthew Hiller

●     Serena Kinkade

●     Ava Langstaff

●     Jonathan Li

●     Charles Voirin

●     Abigail Weiss

●     Nathan Wright

Although these 12 students will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT.