National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist

Howell High School Senior Advances in National Merit Scholarship Program
Posted on 03/11/2022
A photo of Ellie Bonanni3/11/2022 - Elisabeth Bonanni, a senior at Howell High School, has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Nationwide, only 15,000 students advance to the finalist stage of the program. To be named a finalist, Bonanni had to complete a detailed application, write an essay, be endorsed by a school official, maintain a record of high academic performance and earn an SAT score that confirmed her performance on the PSAT.

When asked how she felt after learning that she had been named a finalist, Bonanni replied, “I was very excited because it opened new doors for scholarships at my top choice schools.”

“Only the highest achieving students in the county advance to the finalist stage of the National Merit Scholarship Program,” said Jason Schrock, Howell High School principal. “We are all incredibly proud of Ellie and all that she has accomplished, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.”

After graduation, Bonanni plans to attend either Hope College or the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in nursing.

About the National Merit Scholarship Program
To participate in the National Merit Scholarship program, a student must take the PSAT and meet the program entry requirements. Of the 1.5 million entrants, only 16,000 are selected as semifinalists in the program. Of the 16,000 semifinalists, 15,000 will be named as finalists, and 8,000 students will be chosen to receive a scholarship. Scholarships are based on a student’s abilities, skills, and accomplishments.

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