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3 BMHS students reach semifinals of National Merit Scholarship


BEREA, OH — Three academically talented high school seniors in the Berea City School District reached the semifinals of the highly coveted National Merit Scholarship contest.
Berea-Midpark High School students Ethan Barker, Noah Hopkins, and Garrett Peto have joined the approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide competing for one of the 7,500 scholarships that will be awarded. 

This is the 67th year of the scholarship program, which will offer a total of $30 million spread out over the 7,500 scholarships next spring.

About 95 percent of all students in the semifinals will reach the finalist stage, at which point the field will be essentially cut in half, with the remaining students all securing scholarships.

The scholarships are meant to reward students who show exceptional academic ability.

The process to be considered begins for students in their junior year, when they can take the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. The highest scoring students reach the semifinalist stage, representing less than 1 percent of all high school seniors in the country.

To reach the finals, students must submit a detailed application, write an essay and receive the endorsement and recommendation of a high school official.

Congratulations to these students on their achievement!