National Merit Scholars
Ursuline announces 21 students recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
Photo ID from left- Ursuline National Merit students front row from left – Kelly Kopchak, Sydney Ruehlmann, Emily Lotterer, Anastacia Taylor, Grace Castelli, Shivani Desai, Anosha Minai, Megan Darlington; back row – Candace Borders, Kelly Kaes, Alexandra Schirmer, Holly Nurre, Kathryn Berus, Kristen Behrens, Elise McConnell, Erin Donnelly, Sarah Jaun, Catherine Brinker. Not pictured – Kaitlin Burnam, Alexandra George, and Patrice Graziani
Ursuline is proud to announce its 21 seniors who were recognized by the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seven semifinalists are - Catherine Brinker, Megan Darlington, Erin Donnelly, Sarah Jaun, Emily Lotterer, Elise McConnell, and Anosha Minai. The National Achievement Semifinalist is Candace Borders. The 13 Commended Students are – Grace Castelli, Shivani Desai, Alexandra M. George, Patrice D. Graziani, Kelly L. Kaes, Kelly J. Kopchak, Holly G. Nurre, Sydney V. Ruehlmann, Alexandra R. Schirmer, Anastacia E. Taylor, Kathryn L. Berus, Kaitlin M. Burnam, and Kristen N. Behrens. We are very proud of all our National Merit students!
The Ursuline semi-finalist students are among 16,000 students named in the NMSP's 58th annual competition, which recognizes the nation's and each state's top students. They will continue to compete for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. There were 177 semifinalists named from Southwest Ohio schools, 21 from Northern Kentucky and one from Southeast Indiana. The semifinalists were among 1.5 million juniors from about 22,000 high schools who entered the competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 90 percent are expected to advance to finalists.
More than 1,600 Black American high school seniors who have been designated Semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship® awards worth more than $2.5 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a National Achievement Scholarship, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 80 percent of Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win an Achievement Scholarship award.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).