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High school scholars earn national recognition

Bellingham Public Schools has four semifinalists and 11 commended students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition. To qualify for the competition, students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the 2017-18 school year.

Bellingham High School student Benjamin Grabau and Sehome High students Lucas Cunningham, Ethan Flanagan and Jacob van’t Hoog are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are the in top third of 50,000 high scorers and are designated on a state-representational basis. View requirements online. Finalists will be announced in winter 2019.

District commended students are Bellingham High School’s Aspen Buckingham, Harry Conover, Tessa Kilcline, and Karol Mukhamediyeva ; Sehome High School’s Elsie Dank, Mary From, Owen Richey, Lucy Sun and Anna Thomas; and Squalicum High School’s Catherine Michelutti and Thanh Nguyen. Commended students were also among the top 50,000 high scorers. They no longer continue in the National Merit competition, but receive a letter of commendation for outstanding academics.

Click here for more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

In another national recognition program, Bellingham High student Harry Conover received the 2018-19 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) certificate. Every year, the NHRP identifies 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students who are selected from the pool taking the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year. Students must also have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. In September of their senior year, they receive an academic certificate and can add the academic distinction/designation to their college applications. For more information about the National Hispanic Recognition Program, please visit www.collegeboard.org.

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