Two Hanover Park Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists

Monica Chen and Derek Saul were named as semi-finalists for this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 semi-finalists were announced and these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.
Placement in the NMSP is derived from performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Chen and Saul took those tests in Oct. 2015. They are among 1.6 million students in 22,000 high schools across the country that entered the program when taking the screening tests during their junior year.  As semi-finalists, Chen and Saul represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
Merit scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
“I am extremely proud of Monica and Derek,” said Tom Callanan, principal of Hanover Park High School. “This achievement is a testament to their hard work and dedication to their academic studies. They represent the best that this school has to offer and I commend them for their scholarship, leadership, and service to the Hanover Park community.”

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