Two Salesianum Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Nine earn commended status


Front row, from left: Ian Kerins ’12, Jonathan Parmer ’12, Justin Gregg ’12, Orlando Castillo ’12, Michael Edmonds ‘12. Back row, from left: Rev. Chris Beretta, OSFS, James Raiford ’12, Kevin Coleman ’12, Matthew Butler ’12, Ryan Sigmann ’12, Stephen Halberg ’12. Not pictured: Luke Bugada ’12.


Rev. J. Christian Beretta, OSFS, principal of Salesianum School, is pleased to announce that two Salesianum seniors have been named 2012 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and nine have received commended status in the program.


Ian Kerins and Jonathan Parmer earned semifinalist status and are now eligible for some 8,300 Merit Scholarship Awards, worth $34 million, that will be offered in the spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to become finalists, and approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.


Commended students at Salesianum include Luke Bugada, Matthew Butler, Orlando Castillo, Kevin Coleman, Michael Edmonds, Justin Gregg, Stephen Halberg, James Raiford and Ryan Sigmann.


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Program. Scholarships awarded through the program are underwritten by NMSC’s own funds and approximately 500 business organizations and higher education institutions which share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.