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Two SJHS Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation unveiled approximately 16,000 high school students named Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among the Semifinalists are Saint Joseph High School seniors Bridget Stockrahm and Jacob Frabutt.


Over 90 percent of Semifinalists become Finalists, and roughly half of the Finalists are awarded scholarships. All in all, nearly 7,600 National Merit Scholarships will be awarded in the spring, totaling over $31 million.


Bridget and Jacob entered the competition by virtue of taking the PSAT, a standardized test taken by over 1.5 million high school juniors in over 21,000 schools across the country. Semifinalists coming from this nationwide pool represent the highest-scoring students in each state and includes less than one percent of high school seniors.


The next steps for Bridget and Jacob include submission of a detailed scholarship application and maintaining an outstanding academic record. They will require a letter of recommendation from a school official, submit an essay, and must earn ACT or SAT scores commensurate with performance on the PSAT.


Finalists who earn National Merit Scholarships are judged based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in higher learning.


A huge “Congratulations!” to both Bridget and Jacob, and best of luck!

Pictured left to right: Principal John Kennedy, Jacob Frabutt, Bridget Stockrahm, Mrs. Dana Strabavy

Posted on September 12, 2019 • Updated on February 19, 2020