Pictured (L to R): Andrew Morrissey (Western Springs), Jessica Fitzpatrick (Hinsdale), Connor Wilson (Hinsdale), Jack Lulich (Riverside), Jeremy Winkiel (Elmhurst), Marisa Morella (Melrose Park), and Ian Crowell (Elmhurst)
Fenwick High School and its surrounding neighborhoods can be proud today as officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced seven Fenwick Friars as semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Fenwick Friars named National Merit Semifinalists are:
Ian Crowell (Elmhurst), Jessica Fitzpatrick (Hinsdale), Jack Lulich (Riverside), Marisa Morella (Melrose Park), Andrew Morrissey (Western Springs), Connor Wilson (Hinsdale) and Jeremy Winkiel (Elmhurst).
“One of our Four Pillars of Dominican Life is Study,” said Fenwick President Fr. Richard Peddicord, O.P. “These seven seniors have shown that valuable success can come from committing to study. These students also display a commitment to the other three Pillars—Prayer, Community and Preaching—by engaging in extracurricular activities. They compete in athletics, perform on stages, volunteer with community groups and as mentors to fellow students, compete on academic teams and more. Today’s announcement shows very clearly the positive impact a Fenwick education has on the whole student.”
These academically talented seniors are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists who now have the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships totaling around $33 million, which will be awarded this spring. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Of these 16,000 students, 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, which will be announced in February, according to the NMSC.
For a semifinalist to advance to the finalist level, he or she and the high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received, according to the NMSC. The student must also have an outstanding academic record, receive an endorsement from a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the PSAT qualifying test, the NMSC has stated.
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