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HB seniors recognized by National Merit program
Posted 05/08/2012 03:49PM

Before our seniors head out on the next leg of their journey, we’d like to recognize the many students in the class of 2012 who received recognition in the National Merit scholarship program.  They are:

National Merit Scholars
Claire Ashmead
Sarah Young

National Merit Finalists
Claire Ashmead
Madeleine Barr
Sarah Forcier
Emily Gudbranson
Erika Jobson
Sarah Young 

National Merit Commended Students
Isobel Blakeway-Phillips
Caitlin Clapacs
Hazel Crampton-Hays
Heather Hagerling
Jennifer Jones
Rachel Leizman
Elissa Lowenthal
Shannon Montague
Samantha Morford
Emma Phillips
Kaelyn Quinn
Kristin Ronzi
Gillian Rosen
Hannah Spaeth
Mary Toohey 

National Hispanic Recognition Program Awardee
Samantha Santoscoy

National Achievement Scholar 
Elissa Lowenthal

National Achievement Finalist
Shawneice Floyd

What do the designations mean?

Commended Students

In late September, more than two-thirds of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT qualify as Commended Students in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.


From the talent pool of more than 15,000 National Merit Finalists, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation selects 2,500 students to win $2,500 scholarships. These scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They are selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. The scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.


In early September, about one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, on a state representational basis, are identified as Semifinalists. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements.


In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists advance to Finalist standing. The winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from this group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.

Special Scholarships

Every year some 1,300 National Merit Program participants, who are outstanding but not Finalists, are awarded Special Scholarships provided by corporations and business organizations. To be considered for a Special Scholarship, students must meet the sponsor's criteria and entry requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Program and must submit detailed scholarship applications. A committee of NMSC professional staff evaluates information about candidates' abilities, skills, and accomplishments and chooses winners of the sponsor's Special Scholarships. These scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.

For more information about these awards, please visit the The National Merit Scholarship Corporation Website.

At a Glance 

HB in the News Volume XXV - February 1, 2017

HB in the News Volume XXIV - October 5, 2016

HB in the News Volume XXIII - July 1, 2016

HB in the News Volume XXI - March 31, 2016

HB in the News Volume XX - December 28, 2015

HB in the News Volume XIX - September 30, 2015

HB in the News Volume XVIII - June 30, 2015

HB Honors Volume V - June 15, 2015

HB in the News Volume XVII - March 31, 2015

HB in the News Volume XVI - December 15, 2014

HB in the News Volume XV - August 28, 2014

HB Honors Volume IV - June 9, 2014

HB in the News Volume XIV - May 28, 2014

HB in the News Volume XIII - March 14, 2014

HB in the News Volume XII - December 18, 2013

HB in the News Volume XI - October 1, 2013

HB Honors Volume III - June 14, 2013

HB in the News Volume X - June 13, 2013

HB in the News Volume IX - March 12, 2013

HB in the News Volume VIII - December 17, 2012

HB in the News Volume VII - September 18, 2012

HB in the News Volume VI - June 19, 2012

HB Honors Volume II - May 31, 2012

HB in the News Volume V - April 3, 2012

HB in the News Volume IV - January 4, 2012

Innovations Volume I - September 14, 2011

HB in the News Volume III - September 8, 2011

HB in the News Volume II - June 1, 2011

HB Honors Volume I - May 19, 2011

HB in the News Volume I - March 10, 2011

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