Avon High School is pleased to announce two students have been named as 2017 National Merit Finalists from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Approximately 15,000 students across the country were named as Finalists in the scholarship competition.
Avon High School seniors Breanna Collins and Madeleine Hapanowicz received the notification from Avon High School Principal, Kristina Buller. Both students were excited and noted that their hard work in school over the years has paid off. Both girls have grown up in Avon and have attended the Avon Local Schools their entire academic career.
“We have a lot of intelligent students at Avon High School,” said Buller. “It is always exciting for us when this type of recognition is given to our students. It is an honor for Avon High School.”
The National Merit program recognizes students with high Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores and a strong academic record. Approximately 1.6 million high school juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT, which served as the initial screen of program entrants. Semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of American high school seniors. The students continue to compete for approximately 7,500 scholarships — a total of $33 million. Approximately 15,000 students advanced to the Finalist round. All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the Finalist’s own essay.