The National Merit Scholarship program announced five students from Notre Dame Academy have been named semifinalists in its 2014 competition. NDA seniors, Stephanie Hacker, Mary “Maggie” Hackman, Szofia Komaromy-Hiller, Abby Marshall, and Abigail Martin, have all earned the distinction of National Merit Semifinalists. These students are among the 16,000 semifinalists named in the National Merit Scholarship Program’s 59th competition recognizing each state’s top students. A total of 1.5 million high school juniors entered the program by taking the 2012 PSAT test.
To become finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program these young women must now submit scholarship applications that include information about their academic records, co-curricular activities, leadership abilities, honors, awards and employment. By doing so, they will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered next spring.
“We are very proud of these five NDA students and their selection as National Merit Semifinalists,” said Dr. Laura Koehl, Principal of Notre Dame Academy. “This achievement is a testament to their hard work and dedication, the commitment and diligence of our faculty, and the excellent Catholic education our students receive at NDA. We congratulate all five of these young women and their families as we celebrate this honor.”