Melrose student Hannah Miller, a senior at Melrose Area High School, recently was named a semifinalist in the 61st Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Hannah is among 16,000 semifinalists to advance and have an opportunity to earn the 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. About 1.5 million high school juniors entered the competition, and the scholarships are awarded in the spring.
Hannah is extremely motivated and dedicated to her academics as well as extra-curricular activities. A few of the activities that she participates in at Melrose are Student Council, National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, Speech and Varsity Swimming. Of these activities, she is the captain in swimming, Knowledge Bowl and Speech. Of special significance, Hannah was voted and participated in the American Legion Girl’s State Program as well as the MN House of Representatives High School Page Program. In addition to all of her involvements Hannah has been recognized and/or volunteered with various activities such reading time at our local library in the summer, working with children during the community wide Riverfest and Barley Days summer celebrations, packing food for Kids Against Hunger, church choir and American Red Cross Blood Drives. These are just a few of the many things that Hannah has participated and been recognized in our school and community. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and had a near perfect ACT score during the state wide ACT test examination in April 2015. Hannah’s high level of academic, leadership, and athletic achievements are a direct result of her work ethic, inquisitiveness, and positive rapport with her peers and teachers.
Students enter the 2016 National merit Scholarship program by taking the Preliminary National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants.
Semifinalists must next submit a detailed scholarship application that includes academics records, school participation and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors received.
Announcements of National Merit Scholarship recipients begin in April and conclude in July. Scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished students who have earned the National Merit Scholar title.
National Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
For more information about the competition, visit the National Merit Scholar Competition website at www.nationalmerit.org.