Country Day School is pleased to announce that alumnus Carrie Cramer, currently a senior at Clearwater Central Catholic High School, has been named a National Merit Scholar Semi Finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Carrie had perfect scores on the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the test. For the 2012 Program, there were only 33 National Merit Scholar Semi Finalists in Pinellas County, a county in which there are well over 33,000 high school students. Carrie is an honor student with a 4.52 GPA and the only semi-finalist at Clearwater Central Catholic High School.
More than 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) which served as the initial screen of program entrants. The semifinalists were selected from a pool of 1.5 million high school students taking the 2010 preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. The nationwide pool of semi-finalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Carrie has an opportunity to compete for over 8,300 scholarships valued at $34 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 advance to the next level. More than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.