4 named National Merit semifinalists

By Jessica Buchanan, Editor-in-Chief

Seniors Megan Tirrell, Thabasya Veeramani, Colleen Maloney and Rachel Raybuck have all qualified as National Merit Semifinalists due to their high PSAT/NMSQT scores.

The semifinalists were filled with various emotions in light of this news.

“I was very surprised to find out and I’m very thankful to everyone who has helped me achieve this,” Veeramani said.

They each put in their own hard work to get them to this point.

“Even if I’m not a finalist, I’m proud of myself for getting this far,” Raybuck said. “National merit is incredibly competitive, so I consider myself blessed to be a semi-finalist.”

Some of the semifinalists took PSAT classes at the school that would potentially boost their scores.

“I took the PSAT classes at school in preparation for the test and I’m happy that they paid off,” Tirrell said. “I feel great right now and can’t wait to see what happens next.”

These semi-finalists will hear from National Merit again in early February to see if they are National Merit Finalists.

“I have a very good chance of finalizing and if I finalize, colleges will give me more scholarship money and financial aid,” Maloney said.

Posted Sept. 17

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