Officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Four students from Bowling Green High School have received this recognition: Hayden Crosby, Rukmini Ganesh, Peter Guthrie, and Ann Hines.
Hayden Crosby is the son of Jon and Kristy Crosby; Rukmini “Mini” Ganesh is the daughter of Balasubramanian Ganesh and Vidya Seshadri; Peter Guthrie is the son of Chris and Nicole Guthrie; and Ann Hines is the daughter of Bill and Angela Hines.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 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 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, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
NMSC, a not-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 420 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.
Information in this article provided by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation at nationalmerit.org.