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Thornton Academy Students Named National Merit ® Scholar Semifinalists

Congratulations to TA's three National Merit Scholar Semifinalists! Caden Falardeau, Shelby Heiman, and Anh Quynh (Madeline) Nguyen are among more than 1.5 million students in approximately 21,000 high schools who entered the 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Their scores place them in the top one percent of all high school seniors nationwide, making them eligible to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit® Scholarships worth more than $31 million. These coveted scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2020.  

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. More than 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

Good luck Caden, Shelby, and Madeline!