National Merit Scholarship Corporation Recognizes Seven Seniors

National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has recognized five St. Mary’s Dominican High School students as Semifinalists and two students as Commended Students.

Dominican students recognized as National Merit Semifinalists are: Caroline Bickerton, Lillian Cerise, Emma Duckworth, Annie Smith and Abigail Webb.


As Semifinalists, they are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd 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 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. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar™® title.

Commended Students are Audrey Buck and Rebecca D’Antonio.


They are among the estimated 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation that are being recognized for their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended Students will not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarship awards, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.