Five ISM Students Receive Honors in National Merit Scholarship Program
Once again, ISM students have been recognized by the National Merit Program for their exceptional academic promise. More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools across the United States entered the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Tests, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
Four ISM students, namely Louis Wang, Willy Schroeder, Aleiya Penn, and Rachel Geistfeld, received Commended Student recognition. They join about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are also being recognized. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to the scholastically talented seniors.
Moreover, one ISM student, Jonathan Zhang, received semifinalist honors. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm his/her earlier qualifying test performance. Approximately 16,000 Semifinalists will advance to the Finalist level and it is from this group that all Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. In 2008, approximately $34 million dollars will be offered in scholarship to finalists across the United States.
Students from all over the SABIS® School Network are recognized by the National Merit Program nearly every year for their superior academic education, either by being named finalists or commended students. Thanks to the well-rounded SABIS® Educational System, which emphasizes high-quality academics, ISM students, like their counterparts in the SABIS® School Network, are prepared to successfully face the challenges they will encounter in school, college, and beyond.
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