Elwood-John H. Glenn High School seniors Emily LaMena and James Rourke were recently named National Merit Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were honored for their outstanding academic performances on the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during the last school year.
Now in its 68th year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation annually announces the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists who go on to compete for 7,250 scholarships, totaling more than $28 million. More than 90% of those students are expected to earn Finalist standing and approximately half will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar.
“It’s a great recognition and I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way: my parents, my teachers and my peers,” LaMena said. “I wouldn't have been able to do it without them.”
“I don’t think this award was because of what I was able to do taking the test that day,” Rourke said. “It was a buildup over the years, and has a lot to do with the support staff we have here, the teachers and administrators, and my parents and everyone who has helped me get to this point.”