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Congrats to Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists

Three Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists from Carondelet.

Alison A. ’22, Emily H. ’22, Kayla N. ’22 have been named semifinalists for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

With the announcement of the semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), Alison, Emily, and Kayla are three of 16,000 semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and will now compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced in four nationwide news releases, beginning in April and concluding in July.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 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.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Over 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.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit

Principal Kevin Cushing invites the entirety of the Carondelet Community to congratulate Alison, Emily, and Kayla on their outstanding academic accomplishments.


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