BHS Junior Named National Merit Semi-Finalist

Julie Oakes Named National Merit Semi-Finalist
Posted on 10/14/2020

2021 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

Berlin High School Principal Eileen Eustis is pleased to announce that Julia Oakes has been named a Semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.  This academically talented high school senior has an opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring.  A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.   To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.  

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 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 US 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.

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.