Six members of the Mt. Vernon High School senior class of 2017 have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Nathan Grandstaff was recognized as a 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist. Madeline Bovard, Bryce Gray, Elizabeth May, Kallan Ratekin, and Gavin Stamper have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Approximately 1.6 million students are screened for the best scores on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The top scoring 50,000 students nationwide are recognized by the NMSC. Two-thirds of the 50,000 receive the Commended Student award, and the top third receives a Semifinalist award. The NMSC makes sure all states are represented in the pool when they designate Semifinalists on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state and among the top one percent in the nation.
Nathan will find out next March through June if he was selected to be a National Merit Scholarship winner or receives another merit scholarship. Although the students receiving the Commended Students award will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT®.
“The young men and women have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
These six students are a strong representation of the academic excellence that Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) provides. MVCSC congratulates all six students for their incredible academic success and wishes Nathan Grandstaff best of luck as a Semifinalist.
Additional information can be found on the www.nationalmerit.org website or linked directly HERE.