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2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

I had the honor and pleasure during Community Meeting yesterday of announcing to Franklin Academy’s students and teachers that Aaron Kriegman, FLI senior, has been designated a 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

Aaron is one of over 1.6 million high school juniors who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October. Only 16,000 (1%) of the highest scoring entrants qualify as semifinalists. According to the College Board, this status means that these students “show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.”

To advance to the finalist round and to earn the chance to compete for National Merit Scholarships, including corporate and college-sponsored awards, a semifinalist must present “a record of very high academic performance in college preparatory course work, submit SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/NMSQT performance, and be fully endorsed and recommended by a high school official.”

Upon hearing this good news, the Franklin Academy community offered Aaron a rousing and sustained applause. You will also be interested to know that this fall semester Aaron is taking his third college course in the Wesleyan University High School Scholars Program – a special initiative the permits academically talented “juniors and seniors the opportunity to take one course per semester, tuition free, at the University.” And, last year Aaron qualified as one of the 300 top high school math students in the nation (out of more than 60,000 students) to compete as a semifinalist for a place on the USA Mathematical Olympiad team.

Aaron, on behalf of the entire Franklin Academy community – teachers, classmates, and parents – congratulations and good luck as you move ahead in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

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