Pleased to Announce Three National Merit Semifinalists (By Shannon Hudson, Director of College Counseling & Academic Services)

Gabrielle Bliss, Grant DeRoeck and Peter Holub have all been awarded National Merit Semifinalist status. This program honors individual students who "show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies."

"First I’d like to say congratulations to the other semifinalists! I feel honored to be a part of the National Merit group representing St. Michael’s. I’d also like to extend my thanks to the school for providing a learning environment that encourages these opportunities. I’d really like to go to the University of Virginia or Northwestern University." (Gabrielle Bliss) 

To provide context, over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

"I am honored to have been selected as a National Merit semi-finalist. I feel lucky to have received the opportunities that this award may present. I don’t have a particular college in mind, but I know I will be applying to Notre Dame and University of Washington." (Peter Holub)

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed  scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record,  participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.

"I am honored to have been selected as a National Merit Semi-Finalist along with Gabrielle and Peter. I feel fortunate to attend a school that provides students with the opportunities that St. Michael's does, and I am grateful for all the great teachers I've had along the way. I am applying to several schools with Boston College as my top choice," Grant DeRoeck said.

Good luck to all in this next round!

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