MHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Friday, September 21, 2018
Five Montclair High School students were named as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program:
- Lara J. Funderburk
- Cory M. Johnson
- Alexander S. Moyse
- Isaac E. Restrick
- Jack H. Waitz
“We are extremely proud of our MHS scholars and know they will continue doing great things,” said Superintendent Kendra V. Johnson. “We are pleased to share this news with our community.”
Over 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semiﬁnalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semiﬁnalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
From the approximately 16,000 semiﬁnalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notiﬁed of this designation.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-proﬁt organization that operates without government assistance, 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 410 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.