Lincoln-Way 210 National Merit Semifinalists and Commendable Students
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 10 Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 students.

Lincoln-Way Central High School had two seniors named as Semifinalists, Lincoln-Way East five, and Lincoln-Way West had three. These academically talented seniors now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be announced spring of 2020.

Lincoln-Way Central
George Burchfield, Chelsea Verheyen

Lincoln-Way East
Alexander DesJardins, Jacob Kamper, Kira Martin, Abigail McCreary, Garrett Peterson

Lincoln-Way West
Steven Beallis, Emma Huelsmann, Madeline McDermott

Additionally, Lincoln-Way had 37 seniors announced as Commended Students, 11 from Lincoln-Way Central, 18 from Lincoln-Way East, and eight Lincoln-Way West students. Although they do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Lincoln-Way Central
Rachel Baumgartner, Isabel Braico, Jordan Carter, Rebecca Hedges, Mackenzie Jarchow, Natasha Jarchow, Ella Kalchbrenner, Jared Kreis, Tyler Quigley, Helen Rohn, Cameron Schiller

Lincoln-Way East
Brooke Anderson, Melissa Bauer, Stephanie Brzeczek, Elizabeth Co, Sara Cooley, Ela Eames, Nicholas Everhart, Jacob Falejczyk, Jack Heller, Alexander Jansen, Rebekah Krooswyk, Jake Leonard, Jocelyn Lounsbury, Michael Nacik, Aria Puri, Ethan Rasmussen, Mason Rhode, Mark Spizzirri

Lincoln-Way West
Emma Creech, Ellie DeGroot, Allison Hullinger, Alayna McDermott, Corina McDermott, Timothy Meskin, Ava Peruski, Patrick Szubryt

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 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.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and will be announced in February. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced April through July of 2020.