Servite High School senior Patrick Aimone was named a semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, making him one of approximately 16,000 academically-talented students nationwide that will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,5000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $32 million that will be offered next spring.
About 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
In the class of 2018, we also have three National Merit Commended Scholars (in the top 3% of test takers Nationally) and four National Hispanic Scholars (in the top 5% of Hispanic test takers Nationally). These students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.
Congratulations, gentlemen! This is a great honor and we are all very proud of you!