Jennings named Merit semifinalist
East Jessamine High School student Mary Jennnings was recently named a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist.
The program is a United States academic scholarship competition for recognition and college scholarships administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a privately funded, not-for-profit organization.
More than 1.5 million high school juniors entered the 2009 National Merit Program by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of entrants.
The semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school students.
To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. The semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student's self-descriptive essay and information about the semifinalist's participation and leadership in school and community.