3 SCS Seniors in Nation's Top 1%

Congratulations to Kira Ford, John (Jake) Welsh, and Luis DeCastro on being named National Merit Semifinalists for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. This annual academic competition is open to all US high school students who meet rigorous entry requirements.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The 15,000 semifinalists include the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of each state's high school seniors. They are the only participants who qualify to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2013.  

To advance to the Finalist level, students must meet additional standards that includeing obtaining a record of very high academic performance in college preparatory work, achieving SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/NMSQT performance, and being fully endorsed and recommended by a high school official. 

In addition, Jake Welsh recently earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT and Luis De Castro earned a perfect score of 1600 on the reading and mathematics sections of the SAT. Among national test takers in the class of 2012, less than one-tenth of one percent earned a top score on the ACT and less than one percent earned a top score on one section of the SAT.