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Six Students Qualify as National Merit-Semi Finalists

Hastings High School announces six students are National Merit Semi-Finalists 


For a small school district, Hastings students fared very well in 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. From a pool of over 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 high schools, less than one percent were chosen as semi-finalists based on their scores on the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT. These students will now go on to be considered for a finalist position.


Congratulations to Leonard Meenan-Pakin, Anya van Hoogstraten, David Dayan, Aaron Forman, Elliot Riesman-Tremonte, and Emma Lew.


National Merit Scholar Finalists are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.


Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2019. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor's employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.