Ryan Kenny ’18 named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Congratulations to Ryan Kenny ‘18 for being named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. In October 2016, approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This is an extraordinary accomplishment considering that less than one percent of the 1.6 million students who took the PSAT/NMSQT exam are named Semifinalists.

Ryan now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million dollars. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, Ryan must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

In college next year, Ryan would like to study Architecture or Engineering. He plans on applying to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Best of luck to Ryan Kenny on his journey to becoming a National Merit Finalist and Merit Scholar.

Additionally, Brother Rice President Dr. Kevin Burns and Principal James Antos are proud to announce that two Brother Rice senior students have been named Commended Scholars in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. The Commended Scholars are Cole Geinosky and Richard Godsel.

In college next year, Cole would like to study Physics and plans on applying to Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Richard would like to study Biochemistry and plans to apply to Northwestern University, University of Chicago and Butler University.

The Crusader scholars earned this prestigious honor by scoring in the top 50,000 of more than 1.6 million students that took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2016. These standout students are now candidates to receive Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses who support the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Congratulations Crusader scholars on this incredible accomplishment!

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