21 LPS seniors earn National Merit Recognition
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Twenty-one Littleton Public Schools seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry. Seven students were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, and an additional 14 were named National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholars. Only about 16,000 seniors across the country qualified as National Merit Semifinalists. To be named a Semifinalist, a student must score in the top range of the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), which is given nationally. LPS Semifinalists will now compete with other students nationally to become National Merit Finalists for a share of more than $36 million in scholarship money.
The following LPS students are 2012 National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars:
Arapahoe High School Semifinalists:
John Brock, Melissa Merkel, Evan Powell
Arapahoe High School Commended Scholars:
Brandon Contino, Nathaniel Kiszla, Meredith Lutz, Brianna Mahoney, Emily Manning, Ian O’Conner, Eric Packer, Jessie Tubbs
Heritage High School Semifinalists:
Matthew Blaylock, Erika Davidoff, Evan Sidrow
Heritage High School Commended Scholars:
Jake McKnight, Bryan Ward, James Waugh
Littleton High School Semifinalist:
Littleton High School Commended Scholars:
Elena Sacco, Jesse van der Vorst, Kevin Wake
To become a finalist, students must not only have an outstanding academic record, but must be endorsed and recommended by their principal. Candidates submit their SAT scores, a detailed scholarship application including an essay, and submit information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities.
Finalists will be announced in April, 2013.