Sarah Feigelson and Sydney Gaylin, members of the Class of 2010 at Sleepy Hollow High School, are among the 16,000 seniors nation-wide to be named National Merit Scholar semifinalists.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit organization, 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 500 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
More than 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2008 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Approximately 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, and it is from this group that all National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen.
National Merit winners will be announced beginning in April of 2010.
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