Pomperaug High School Principal Glenn Lungarini announced that PHS Seniors Lucy J. and Samuel S. were named National Merit Scholarship Corporation Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The academically talented high school seniors were two of the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists who will now 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.
Lucy J., 17, of Southbury, plans to pursue a study in biochemistry at college. Sam S., 16, of Southbury, plans to study biology and genetics.
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.
In addition, eight Pomperaug High School students have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, were presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.
The students are Frank S., Gabriella B., Kelly D., Sophie K., Megan K., Justin L., Joanna R., and Louis S.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“Pomperaug High School is very proud of these students and we hope that being named a Semifinalist or Commended Student in the National Merit Program will continue to encourage them to develop their potential to the fullest,” said Principal Lungarini. “This recognition is a credit to each of these students, their parents, and their teachers.”
Lungarini read the names of these National Merit scholars at a recent Board of Education meeting.
“I can’t tell you how it makes me feel to have these awards mentioned and to honor these students who have done such an outstanding job scholastically,” said Board member Paul Barbarik.