Buffalo Grove High School Students Named Semifinalists to the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Buffalo Grove High School is extremely proud to announce the commended scholars and semi finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Over 1.6 million students took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October and entered a nationwide competition for recognition and awards. 

Three Buffalo Grove High School students have been named as semifinalists in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program, officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced.  These semifinalists will have the opportunity to continue in the Merit Scholarship competition and advance to finalist standing by meeting a number of additional requirements.

The Buffalo Grove High School semifinalists are Colin Groh, Benjamin Justie, and Sarah Smith of Arlington Heights.  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered next spring. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SATⓇ scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. The three semifinalists are part of approximately 16,000 semifinalists. Last year, two Buffalo Grove students reached the semifinals.        

Officials also named eighteen Buffalo Grove High School students as commended scholars.  These students will not continue in the competition for National Merit scholarships, however are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test.  The commended scholars are Kiarra Akiyoshi, Danielle Allaire, Divya Bhati, Daniel Ferriss, Erika Jaszka, Yin Kwok, Sarah Levato, Edward Moder, Alexander Morain, Andrew Pocklington, Caitlin Roser, Leonard Rule, Linnea Rylander of Arlington Heights; Lauren Komrska, Jordan McDonald, Maxim Sharipov, Oleksandra Tsibere of Buffalo Grove, with Wheeling resident Jack Metzger.

The 2017 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.  These scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.


Contact: Jeff Wardle, Principal, Buffalo Grove High School, jeff.wardle@d214.org

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