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Marmion Academy seniors named National Merit Finalists

Marmion seniors Nicholas Ward (left) and Keith Mokry have been named Finalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Marmion Academy announced that seniors Keith Mokry of Somonauk and Nicholas Ward of Batavia have been named Finalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholar process is based on critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores earned on a student's Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). The award process begins during a student's junior year with more than 1.5 million students vying for the National Merit Scholar title. At the beginning of one's senior year, this number is narrowed down to 50,000 students and two-thirds (34,000 students) are named Commended Scholars and the remaining one-third (16,000 students) are named National Merit Semifinalists.

Semifinalists are the highest-scoring individuals in their home state. Those students who move forward in the competition and are selected as Finalists (as Mokry and Ward have been) will have the chance to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million dollars and earn the nationally recognized and coveted Merit Scholar title.

Marmion Academy, a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory school for young men, is a community dedicated to spiritual formation, academic excellence and leadership development.  For more information on Marmion Academy visit www.marmion.org.