Neenah High School senior Adelle Sturgell has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program.
In addition, senior Rebecca Miserlian was named a National Merit Commended Student for placing among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students nationwide who entered the 2016 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
A total of 16,000 semifinalists were named nationwide, representing less than one percent of high school seniors. Sturgell is vying for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships, which total about $32 million. Final scholarship awards will be announced next spring.
Sturgell is the daugher of Jeffrey and Dina Sturgell and owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average while taking a full schedule of advanced classes. She also plays in the Touch of Class orchestra and has been active in student council.
Miserlian is the daughter of Jason and Staci Miserlian. She has a 3.83 grade point average with a full schedule of advanced classes. She has participated in the fall musical, drama events and madrigal singers.
The National Merit Scholar Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. It was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by the corporation with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share its goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.