Two JHS Seniors Named “Commended Students” By National Merit Program

JASPER (NNDC) – Jasper high School seniors Cody Jacob and Nicholas Monesmith have been named Commended Students in the 2015 Nation Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1.5 million students nationwide entered the 2015 competition. Students PSAT scores establish the basis for determining commendations and scholarships.

The scores achieved by Jacob and Nick placed them in approximately the top 3% nationwide.

In a news release, JHS principal Brian Wilson said, “we (the JHS community) are proud of their accomplishments and wish them well as they pursue further studies and goals.”

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.

High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of the approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 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 more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

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 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.

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