2017-09-29 / Education

Four Ben Lippen students are National Merit semifinalists

Contributed by Ben Lippen School


(L-r) Emma Kate Banks, Lindsay Fadel, Dexter Reasons, and Sarah Stevens (L-r) Emma Kate Banks, Lindsay Fadel, Dexter Reasons, and Sarah Stevens Four Ben Lippen School students are among only 16,000 11th graders nationwide to qualify as semifinalists in The National Merit Scholarship program, an annual academic competition among high school students for recognition and college scholarships.

The Ben Lippen semifinalists are Emma Kate Banks, Lindsay Fadel, Dexter Reasons, and Sarah Stevens. Together they represent the largest number of semifinalists among independent or Christian schools in the Columbia area.

The Ben Lippen students achieved high scores on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken by approximately 1.6 million 11th grade students in the United States.

Finalists will be determined by a competition that includes academic success, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership, employment, and honors and awards received. In addition, a semifinalist must be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Students will be notified in February 2018 if they have advanced to finalist standing. Finalists will compete for three types of National Merit Scholarships offered in the spring of 2018.

Ben Lippen School Headmaster Tony Fajardo says the school is “thankful that the Lord has blessed Ben Lippen with such talented and gifted young ladies.”

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