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Six Juniors are National Merit Semifinalist!

Six Juniors are National Merit Semifinalist!
Signal Mountain Middle High School is proud to announce 6 National Merit Semifinalists for 2019. This year’s group is the largest number from any area school and includes: Friedrich “Max” Burk, David Cornea, Paolo Iacoponi, Jacob Little, Emily Perez, and Jack Poss.

“We are so proud of these six amazing students for all of their hard work in achieving this prestigious accomplishment! With this being my first year at SMMHS, I also want to congratulate our amazing staff, our former principal Mr. Stinson and last year’s wonderful administrative team, and our parents for the roles they’ve played in supporting these students along the way. It is through a collective commitment to excellence in teaching and learning that our students aim for and reach the very highest of goals and we are so excited to see what the future holds for each of them” said SMMHS principal, Dr. Shane Harwood.

These students qualified as Juniors last year by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), the initial screen of program entrants. They are among the 16,000 highest scorers nationwide of the 1.6 million students who took the test, which evaluates critical reading, math, and writing skills. These academically talented students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. Of the 16,000 Semifinalists, over 90% are expected to obtain Finalist standing and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit scholarship.

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