2018 National Merit Semifinalists


Marist High School Principal Larry Tucker recently announced that seniors Nick Brown and Ed Stifter were named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in Evanston, Ill. Six more seniors were designated National Merit Commended Students.

Brown has been active with Marist’s math team, academic team, and National Honor Society, and serves as a student ambassador officer. He carries a heavy Advanced Placement (AP) and honors course load. He is a three-year member of the school’s tennis team with plans of competing again in the spring, and participated in basketball for one season. He is a graduate of Memorial Junior High School. His top college prospects include the University of Chicago, New York University, and University of Pennsylvania, where he intends to major in economics or finance.

Stifter, a graduate of St. Linus School, has carried a heavy AP and honors course load, and has balanced it with participation in the school’s academic and math teams. He was also a member of Marist’s boys’ volleyball program. In the spring of 2018, Stifter scored a 36 on the ACT. Stifter said his college search is ongoing and he has not yet narrowed down his list. He will likely pursue a science-related field.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

There are approximately 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists in the U.S. and they must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Additionally, Marist seniors Jack Brannigan, Rosemary Enright, Sean Geary, Caitlin Ryan, Daniel Scarnavack, and Ryan Vulich were named National Merit Commended Students.

Nationally, there are approximately 34,000 Commended Students recognized for their outstanding academic promise.