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Students Named Merit Semifinalists


Two of Blessed Trinity’s students have been recognized as semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program.


Seniors Alex McConnell and Carleen O’Brien are two of 16,000 seniors nationwide to be in contention for 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $33 million, that will be offered in the spring.


This year’s semifinalists represent less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors, including the highest scoring entrants in each state.


Blessed Trinity Principal Frank Moore said all the semifinalists, their parents and the school community should be very proud of these students and their accomplishments. “National Merit is the nation’s most prestigious scholarship competition,” he said. “Semifinalist status is earned by achieving a score on the PSAT in October of the junior year that places the student in roughly the top one-half of one percent of American high school seniors.” In addition to tests scores, scholars are chosen on skills, accomplishments and potential for success in demanding college studies.