Shelby student named National Merit semifinalist

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Samuel Saarinen of Shelbyville, a senior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU, has been recognized as a semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1.5 million students entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students are tested in math, critical reasoning and writing. The 16,000 Semifinalists honored are the highest-scoring entrants in their state and represent less than 1 percent of each state’s high school seniors.

To be considered in the rigorous competition for National Merit Scholarships, semifinalists must advance to the finalist level of the competition by meeting additional standard and fulfilling several requirements. These include having a record of very high academic performance of college preparatory course work, submitting SAT scores that confirm PSAT performance and being fully endorsed and recommended by a high school official.