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KM Students Continue To Shine Academically

If you look anywhere on the Kettle Moraine School District’s news platforms, you are likely to see the recent news of four senior high school students being named National Merit® Semifinalists: Ethan Suhr (KM Perform), Grace Stippich (KM High School), Chloe Spang (KM High School), and Aidan Deaven (KM High School). As stated on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website:

“The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.”

Being named a semifinalist in this competition is a high academic honor, classifying one as among the top scoring participants in each state, and nationally representing less than one percent of high school seniors. All four of the students expressed a mixture of excitement and surprise upon hearing of their qualification.

Aidan Deavon responded, “I was surprised to hear that I had qualified as a semifinalist, considering I didn't actually know what I had done to qualify. I find it cool that the opportunity to be a semifinalist is given to everyone.”

All of the approximate 16,000 national semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition and vye for more than $33 million in scholarships. Chloe Spang spoke to this, saying “... college is expensive and this is a great opportunity to get money towards paying for it.”

Grace Stippich added: “I was very excited and curious about what this news meant. I was eager to learn more about the process, and to work to take advantage of the opportunities the National Merit Scholar program offers.”

Ethan Suhr articulated his astonishment succinctly: “Hey, that’s nifty!”

All four of the semifinalists are submitting to the next round of the competition, which requires them to submit an SAT score and various writing supplements. Those that make it to the position of finalist will be notified by mail in February, and will additionally be recognized by the Kettle Moraine School District Board of Education and at the Senior Scholarship Night. Mr. Walters, the high school principal, extended his own congratulations by saying “the Kettle Moraine High School campus is proud of the four students receiving recognition as National Merit semi-finalists and appreciates their focus on academic excellence. Best of luck [to them] in the future!”


Alex Meeth

November, 2016