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GHS Celebrates National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist

Dillon Edington

In September, Gainesville High School received official notification from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation that one of our students was named a Semifinalist in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Dillon Edington, a senior at GHS, was one of approximately 16,000 students nationwide to achieve this recognition.  In addition, Mattie Sherwin was one of 34,000 to achieve the status of Commended.  These results are based on PSAT scores taken last year.

Each year, approximately 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools take the PSAT in October and enter the National Merit Scholarship Program.  The top 50,000 are recognized as Commended Students (34,000) or as Semifinalists (16,000). The pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of US high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.  The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.   

As the next step in the competition, Edington was required to submit a scholarship application, which includes his academic record, school and community activity participation, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors received.  In February, approximately 95% of the Semifinalist pool will be named Finalist and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.  Merit Scholars, announced in late spring, are selected on the basis of skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous studies.

Edington and Sherwin were recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting on October 15.  They were each presented with a framed certificate and a GISD Excellence coin. 

Mattie Sherwin