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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
In the fall of 2016 about 1.6 million juniors in 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). From 50,000 high scorers nationwide, National Merit Commended Students are selected.
Medfield High School Principal Robert Parga has announced the following seniors have received this distinction: Jack Barrett, Mark Bissell, Samira Hajj, Megan Hawley, John Kohler, John Lane, Margaret McCarthy, Lucy Nealon, Sophie Riddick, Angela Salisbury, Jack Tomlin, and Margaret Travis.
The NMSC has also announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school students (representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors) have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $32 million.
MHS seniors Mark Bissell and Margaret Travis have been named 2018 National Merit Semifinalists.