Four Seniors Receive National Merit Recognition

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Debbie Higgins

Congratulations to four members of the De Smet Jesuit Class of 2019 who have earned recognition from the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit® Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in the fall of their junior year.

More than one million students took the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT, and roughly 50,000 achieved a high score. Michael Howard and David Thien are among the 34,000 top scorers who qualified for National Merit® Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.  Next fall, Michael and David will both attend Missouri S&T. Michael plans to study mining engineering or environmental engineering, while David is considering nuclear engineering.

With PSAT/NMSQT scores in the top 1% of high scorers nationwide, Joe Jansen and Troy Schneider have been recognized as National Merit® Finalists. They are eligible to compete for National Merit® Scholarships.  Joe will head to the University of Alabama in the fall where he plans to be a pre-med student majoring in biology. Troy will attend the University of Missouri-Columbia as a physics major.

Congratulations to these Spartan scholars!

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