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Five Laurel Students Named Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Competition

Five Laurel Seniors – Rachel  Anderson, Hannah Ballock, Ivy Green,  Rachel Onders and Jessica Wedell have been named National Merit Finalists.  The selection of some 8,400 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of 15,000 finalists is now in progress.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2013 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.  Scholarships worth more than $34 million will be awarded to high school seniors from across the country.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)–a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.

Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

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