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National Merit Semifinalists Announced!

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The 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program has announced that four seniors from Hunterdon Central have been named as National Merit Semifinalists for 2017: Jack A. Lanza, Erin G. McGowan, Kent Mei and Kailash Raman.

These academically talented students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth about $32 million, that will be offered next spring.

To become Semifinalists, Central’s students competed with more than 1.6 million high school juniors across the country by taking the PSAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. To ensure that academically talented students from all parts of the United States are included in the scholarship pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis; they are the highest scoring entrants in each state. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of current US high school seniors.

About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Merit Scholarship winners for 2017 are scheduled to be announced in the spring of 2017.

Congratulations to these outstanding Hunterdon Central students!

In the photo, from left to right are: Erin G. McGowan, Jack A. Lanza, Superintendent Jeffrey Moore, Ed.D., Kailash Raman and Kent Mei.