JHS Senior Jennifer Roof Named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

Officials at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently named Jamestown High School senior, Jennifer Roof, a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist. Ms. Roof was one of 16,000 semifinalists named from about 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

“We are incredibly proud of Jennifer and her accomplishment,” said Mike McElrath, Jamestown High School Principal. “She exemplifies what hard work and dedication can bring – academic achievement. She is a wonderful representative of Jamestown High School’s academic achievers.”

Semifinalists entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screening of program entrants. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

NMSC, a non-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

posted on 09/23/2014 - filed under: Academics, JHS, Spotlight, Students