DeWitt — Four Christian Brothers Academy students have been honored in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Senior Michael McMahon was named a semifinalist. He is among 16,000 students—a select group that represents less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide—who qualified for the scholarship program by scoring amongst the highest in their respective states on the preliminary Standardized Achievement Test (SAT).
Nearly 90 percent of the nation’s semifinalists are expected to be named finalists. They will then compete for one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million. To become a finalist and be considered for the national scholarship, students must submit an application detailing their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
The program’s finalists and Merit Scholars will be named in spring 2022.
McMahon is the son of Gerald and Katherine McMahon of Syracuse.
Named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program were CBA seniors Christine Falasco, Logan McDougall and Gehrig Snyder. They are among the approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 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.
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”