|Three Pattonville seniors named National Merit semifinalists|
|Wednesday, September 11, 2019|
Pattonville High School seniors Kyle Halveland, Erin McMahon and William Skaggs were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit program by taking the 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 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Only about 16,000 out of the initial 1.6 million earned semifinalist status.
To become a finalist and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring, the semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, providing information about his or her 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, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.