Hancock named National Merit Semifinalist, top 1% of U.S. high school seniors

The administration, faculty, and staff are proud to announce that St. Patrick senior Julia Hancock has been named a National Merit Semifinalist.  National Merit Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

In October of last year, the St. Patrick junior class took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or the PSAT/NMSQT. Out of about 1.6 million high school juniors from around the United States, 16,000 became National Merit Semifinalists based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.

One of these National Merit Semifinalists was St. Patrick High School’s very own, Julia Hancock, who has just begun her senior year. Hancock is an extremely successful student and is currently looking forward to the next chapter of her school career as she applies to colleges. At the moment, while she is unsure which college she is going to attend, Hancock is in the process of applying to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Auburn University, University of Alabama, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, among others. She says, “Wherever I go, I plan to major in either mechanical or civil engineering. My ideal career would be to design roller coasters for any major theme park.” Amidst the craziness of her college applications and busy high school schedule, upon hearing of her achievement of National Merit Semifinalist, Hancock was extremely excited and thankful.

Now that she has been named a Semifinalist, Hancock will continue on and attempt to become a National Merit Finalist.  To become a Finalist, she must earn an SAT score that reaffirms her score on the PSAT/NMSQT, receive recommendations, and write an essay among other things. From the 16,000 Semifinalists, approximately 15,000 are predicted to move on to become Finalists. From these 15,000, only 2,500 will be awarded a National Merit Scholarship of $2,500. Even if the qualifiers for Semifinalists do not advance to become Finalists, they have the opportunity to be awarded several scholarships from multiple different colleges and universities.

Story by Jeanne Torp