Wicomico Celebrates National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, Commended Students
Outstanding Students from Three Wicomico County High Schools Recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program
Posted on 09/28/2016
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Wicomico Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin is proud to announce that five seniors from Wicomico County Public Schools have received recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Nicholas Jeffrey Selser of James M. Bennett High School has been recognized as a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, and will advance in the program for consideration as a Finalist.

Wicomico has also received word of four students recognized as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Commended Students Lucas Jackson Murphy and Anna E. Garlock of James M. Bennett High, Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed of Parkside High, and Rachel Christine Bier of Wicomico High.

All five of these outstanding students will be recognized at the Nov. 17 Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night.

The National Merit Scholarship Award Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships in which students are recognized on the basis of their outstanding ability and potential for academic success in college, as measured by the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in a given year, some 34,000 are recognized as Commended, 16,000 as Semifinalist, with about 15,000 Semifinalists going on to be recognized as finalists. Many of these finalists are awarded scholarships.

During the 2015-2016 school year, the Board of Education, superintendent and schools were proud to honor two Wicomico students who were named National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists. Both of those students, Michael Li of James M. Bennett High and Tiffany Pham of Parkside High, are now attending Princeton University.

Current juniors will be notified of any recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program next September. That recognition will be based on their scores on the PSAT, which is administered every October at the school’s system’s cost to all students in 10th Grade and to freshmen and juniors who sign up and pay to take it. National Scholarship Program recognition is based on a student’s PSAT score from the PSAT administration in 11th Grade.

This year’s PSAT testing date is Wednesday, Oct. 19. (The deadline for freshmen and juniors to sign up to take it on that date has passed.) High school students and families should note that on Oct. 19, only students taking the PSAT will report on time. All other students will report 10:35-10:45 a.m., and a second bus run will be provided that day.