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October 20, 2020
Several Maine East Students Earn National Merit Scholarship Honors

piekutThirteen Maine Township High School District 207 seniors have earned the status of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and 18 students have been named Commended Students in the 2021 scholarship program. The semifinalists and commended students are determined by performance on the PSAT taken by students in their junior year of high school.

The semifinalists include: Isabella Piekut and Nicole Piekut from Maine East; Jessica Beck, Eric Biedke, Eamon Brady, Elizabeth Compton, Alexander Heinz, Joseph Kinnavy, Monica Milanowski, Mia Pomilia, Jonathan Spychalski and Anna Wapner from Maine South; Anna Kalena from Maine West.

The commended students include: Ashutosh Kumar, Michelle Polak, Hadi Rihawi and Khayla Santiago from Maine East; William Buerk, John Ciprian, Nathan Demarinis, Madeline Handley, Jacqueline Honan, Elizabeth Lukasz, Joseph Morrissey, Julia Pop, Jordyn Porter and Catherine Sernel from Maine South; Lucy Ellsworth, Gerard Mendoza, Kyle Nowak, Aileen O’Connor from Maine West.

Each year more than 1.6 million juniors in nearly 22,000 U.S. high schools enter the Merit Program. Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be awarded next spring to Finalists. That process includes a detailed application process for the students. Three types of Merit Scholarships will be offered:

  • 2,500 one-time National Merit $2,500 Scholarships for which all finalists will be considered, and that are supported by business organizations and NMSC’s own funds
  • approximately 1,000 corporate sponsored Merit Scholarships that are specified for finalists who meet a company or business grantor’s preferential criteria
  • approximately 4,800 college sponsored Merit Scholarships that are available only for finalists who will attend their respective sponsor institution.

All Merit Scholar designees are chosen on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.