Brazoswood Student Michelle Sferrazza Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist

Brazoswood Student Michelle Sferrazza Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist
Posted on 09/20/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Brazoswood Student Michelle Sferrazza Named National Merit Scholar SemifinalistCongratulations goes to Michelle Sferrazza, senior at Brazoswood High School, for being named a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Michelle entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program along with about 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools by taking the 2016 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 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. The NMSC announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 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.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalists 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.

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 420 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.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

“We are very proud of Michelle for this outstanding academic achievement,” said Superintendent Danny Massey. “Her accomplishments represent the culmination of hard work from talented students as well as a dedicated teaching staff. This is further evidence of the high quality of education that our students receive in Brazosport ISD.”
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