Catholic Central Students Earn National Recognition from College Board and National Merit Scholarship Program

Catholic Central has a proud tradition of graduating National Merit students, and Declan Lee ‘22 and Cole Nogawa ‘22 have added to that legacy as the 42nd and 43rd Shamrock National Merit Semifinalists in the last 10 years.

Additionally, thirteen students were recognized by the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program. Congratulations to Antonio Bush ‘22, Diego Cabello ‘22, Graham Castillo ‘22, Johnathan Diaz ‘23, Julian Freyre ‘22, Vincent Greene ‘22, Dylan Grewe ‘23, Diego Guerra ‘22,  Patrick Michel ‘23, Pablo Razny ‘23, Nicholas Ventura ‘23, William Ward ‘22, and Ryu Zarco Yokoyama ‘23.

“We’re thrilled that our students have been recognized,” said Fr. Fulton, CSB, Principal of Detroit Catholic Central. “A tremendous amount of work and creativity went into maintaining our academic standards over the last year, and these National awards show that our students continue to achieve at a very high level.”

Read on below to see the releases from the National Merit and College Board National Recognition Programs, and stay tuned for more information on the students who were recognized.

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Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

(Evanston, Illinois) Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. 

Steps in the 2022 Competition

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. 

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. 

National Merit Scholarships

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2022. 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 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 362,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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Catholic Central Students Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs

Catholic Central students excelled in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn these awards, which colleges use to identify academically competitive underrepresented students

Novi, MI – Detroit Catholic Central High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.

Thirteen Shamrocks were recognized by the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program. Antonio Bush ‘22, Diego Cabello ‘22, Graham Castillo ‘22, Jonathan Diaz ‘23, Julian Freyre ‘22, Vincent Greene ‘22, Dylan Grewe ‘23, Diego Guerra ‘22,  Patrick Michel ‘23, Pablo Razny ‘23, Nicholas Ventura ‘23, William Ward ‘22, and Ryu Zarco Yokoyama ‘23.

Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.

Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications. 

“By awarding students who excel academically with honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs, our aim is to create pathways to college for underrepresented students,” said Steve Bumbaugh, College Board senior vice president of College & Career Access. “We hope this inspires many more students to work toward this recognition.”
 
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