Seniors Alex Lu, Michael Mallamaci, and James D’Elia Named National Merit Semifinalists
Archmere seniors Alex Lu, Michael Mallamaci, and James D’Elia have been named National Merit Semifinalists because of their high scores on the PSAT's, taken in their junior year. Only 16,000 students (of approximately 1.6 million) in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition.
Alex, Michael and James have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some $7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To become a Finalist, the three Archmere Semifinalists 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.
Finalists will be announced in late February and National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
Congratulations to Alex, Michael and James on this accomplishment!