A ceremony was held on Wednesday morning to recognize two seniors for their placement in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Seniors Montana Mascio and Anna Westfall became National Merit Scholar Finalists after being nominated for their high scores on the PSAT last year. The grades of both girls, along with essays, SAT scores, and letters of recommendation helped them to qualify .
After becoming a Semi-Finalist in October, the students submitted many materials, including high school transcripts, activity lists, essays, and letters of recommendation. Then, the Semifinalists can be chosen to advance to Finalist Standing. National Merit Finalists make up the top 1% of the original 1.5 million students who took the SAT, and the top 0.45% of all graduating seniors in the country. The Finalists then become eligible to be selected to receive a one-time scholarship from the National Merit Corporation, or a College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship.
Montana is considering attending WVU and majoring in chemical or biomedical engineering. Montana is the daughter of Dr. Christopher and Dr. Dana Mascio. She played two years of basketball for Madonna, was on the Madonna fall ball softball team, and has played spring softball at Madonna High School for the past three years. She plans on continuing on the softball team this coming spring of 2015. Montana is also a member of the art club and science club. Congratulations, Montana
Anna is considering attending Fairmont State University to pursue a double major in Computer Science and Computer Security. She is the daughter of Rich and Jill Westfall and during her four years at Madonna High School has played soccer and has been a member of the Drama Club. She also plays on a local soccer travel team in the spring and indoor soccer during the winter months. Congratulations Anna!
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