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Three PLCS students named National Merit Finalists

National Merit Finalists

(Left to right: Vincent Lin - PLHS, Nick Lauver - PLSHS, Braxton Fjeldsted - PLHS)

Three PLCS students have been named National Merit Finalists: Vincent Lin, Nick Lauver, and Braxton Fjeldsted.

The National Merit process begins in the fall of a student’s junior year by taking the PSAT exam.  In the spring, high schools are notified which students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition based on PSAT scores.  Out of the one million plus students who take the PSAT, only 50,000 are chosen to qualify. 

In September, high schools were notified which of their qualifying students made it to the semi-finalist round of the competition.  From the 50,000 qualifiers, 16,000 students were selected to be semi-finalists. 

Fifteen thousand semi-finalists are then chosen to be National Merit Finalists based on applicant information and SAT or ACT exam scores.  The students submitted a National Merit Finalist application, which included a personal essay, letter of recommendation, coursework information, and list of accomplishments.