MPCS is proud to announce that class of 2022 senior, Steven Baker, has been named a National Merit Finalist.
To be selected as a finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Program from among the 16,000 semifinalists announced last September is a significant achievement! All finalists will be considered for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $31 million, which will be offered this spring.
About 1.5 million juniors in the U.S. entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screen of program candidates. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1% 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, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference. The goal of the program is to honor the nation's scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.
Steven is a multi-talented student who has attended MPCS since preschool. He has been an instrumental part of the Eagle Robotics program since middle school and involved in PLTW® coursework. During high school, Steven has been part of NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, Key Club, SGA, pep band, and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. He is also an avid pianist. Congratulations, Steven!