ST. CHARLES – Three St. Charles School District 303 students have been named as National Merit semifinalists, according to a district news release.
The semifinalists are Hannah Larry and Alexander Park of St. Charles East High School and Caroline Blassick of St. Charles North High School. They are among 16,000 students selected for the honor nationwide.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.
The next phase of the National Merit Scholarship Program happens in February, when the finalists are notified.
Fourteen other District 303 students earned Commended Status. They are Sydney Andersen, Matthew Hinds, Michael Jacobson, Emily Johnson, Mary MacCarthy, Joseph Monroe, Emily Russell and Kevin Zhang of St. Charles East High School and Nora Balboa, Mary Fahey, Gavin Karr, Katlyn LaCroix, Kathleen Murphy, and Michael Nelson of St. Charles North High School.
High school students enter the National Merit program by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the materials provided to each semifinalist.
The scholarship winners are notified beginning in March.