Five Bethel Park High School students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in its 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Senior Grace Evans was named a Semifinalist. She is among the top 16,000 high school seniors who scored high enough on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last year as a junior, to earn Semifinalist status in this program which will award 7,500 National Merit Scholarships in the spring.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship award, Grace must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.
Achieving Commended status in this program were seniors Evan Aronhalt, Elise Bermudez, Emily Clarvit and 2017 graduate Emily Cowser, who graduated from Bethel Park High School a year early and now attends Messiah College. They are among the 34,000 students who earned high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT, but their scores were not high enough to achieve Semifinalist status.
These students received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise and they may be candidates for special scholarships provided by National Merit corporate and business partners.
Approximately 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT in 2016.