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New Cath Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist

Newport Central Catholic High School has announced that senior Scott Barrett, son of Ralph and Diane Barrett of Highland Heights, has been named a National Merit Semifinalist.

The names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program were announced today by officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $32 million, that will be offered next spring.

More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Barrett must advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar title.

"Scott is an extremely intelligent and witty young man.  His work ethic, coupled with ability to think critically and understand complex problems, will take him far in college and beyond.  We are proud of Scott's accomplishment in being named a National Merit Semifinalist and know he will do well in working to earn the Merit Scholar title," said Principal Jason Huther.

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