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Hall High School’s 2019 National Merit Semifinalists Advance to Become Finalists

Top Row: Joshua Fernandes, Avery Glagovich. Middle Row: Alexandra Lioutikova, Mateo Maturana. Bottom Row: Yingjie Ouyang, and Shara Reimer. Submitted photo

Six seniors from West Hartford’s Hall High School are now National Merit Scholar Finalists.

Submitted by Amy Shaffer, Student Activities/Career Center Coordinator, Hall High School

The six seniors from William H. Hall High School’s Class of 2019 who were named National Merit Semifinalists have advanced to become National Merit Finalists. They are Joshua Fernandes, Avery Glagovich, Alexandra Lioutikova, Mateo Maturana, Yingjie Ouyang, and Shara Reimer.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to progress to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. National Merit Semifinalists are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states, and scored among the top 1 percent of the approximately 1.6 million juniors who took the PSAT test in the fall of 2017.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

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