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7 Grosse Pointe Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Four students from Grosse Pointe South and three students from Grosse Pointe North were selected as semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, but only 16,000 were selected as semifinalists. Of these 16,000, seven hail from Grosse Pointe.

Among the semifinalists announced Sept. 12 in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program were students Noah A. Cherry, Kamala Kanneganti and Jordan M. Radke; and students John S. Fordon, Peter J. Fox, Claire M. Morrison and Devon C. Pratt.

These select high school seniors will now compete for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Ninety percent of the semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the title of Merit Scholar.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2013:

  • Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis.
  • About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria.
  • About 200 colleges and universities will finance some 4,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

The first National Merit Scholarship winners of 2013 will be announced in April. Awards will continue through July.

JJ September 15, 2012 at 02:06 PM
...might want to be careful with the silly statements GP. Claire Morrison lives in the heart of the North end but attends South(sister of Stephen 2011 North grad and Harvard sophomore).
Brian Hunt September 15, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Congrats to all the students and their parents. Get ready for the barrage of invitations from schools acrosss the country looking to recruit you. Also thank you to the Patch for promoting academic excellence. These students are in the top one half of one percent of students in the country. It would be nice if the schools pressed the importance of taking the PSAT test junior year in order to even qualify for the National Merit. Maybe we would have more than 7. To the 7 students "hats off to you" . Job well done !
Brian Hunt September 17, 2012 at 01:55 PM
To counter "GP er for life" the class of 2012 North had 3 National Merit Semi- finalists and South 1. Also North offers 23 Advanced Placement courses while South has 20.
GP For Life September 17, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Judging by your subpar attention to detail I deduce that you went to North. I am sure the AP course for Nail Techs gives students a real advantage at their trade school of choice. By the way, I find it very funny that people get so defensive about these jokes. Lighten up, Francis.
GP For Life September 19, 2012 at 06:10 PM
JJ, please express your thoughts in complete sentences so that others can understand your unique and challenging point of view.

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