National Merit Semifinalists & Commended

Four students from St. Mary’s Dominican High School have been recognized as semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Dominican students recognized as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are (from left): Ellen Carriere, Emily Munch, Kristina Plunkett and Frances “Veronica” Smith.


They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 61th Annual NMSC Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 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.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has recognized six St. Mary’s Dominican High School students for Commendation. Commended students are: Seated (from left), Yaseen Khan, Sage Ducoing , and Kayla Goudeau. Standing (from left), Madison French, Laura Youngblood, and Raeghan DeCuir.

National Merit Commended

They are among the estimated 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation that are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although Commended Students will not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarship awards, they placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.