Senior Curran Boyce NMSC Semifinalist
Congratulations to Sayville High School Senior Curran Boyce for being named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist for his performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
How were Semifinalists designated?
(According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) website)
The 2011 PSAT/NMSQT served as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants to the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Selection Index scores of students who met program participation requirements were used to designate a pool of about 16,000 Semifinalists on a state allocation basis. Semifinalists are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors. Although Semifinalist qualifying scores vary from one state to another, the scores of all Semifinalists are extremely high.
In each annual National Merit Scholarship Program, about 50,000 academically talented high school students are honored, but only 16,000 of them are named Semifinalists. Students who qualify as Semifinalists based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT® are the only program participants to advance toward the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships. About 8,300 of the outstanding Finalists will be chosen as Merit Scholarship® winners in the 2013 competition.