A Milton High School senior was recently named a semifinalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program, and three others were named "commended students."
Caeleigh MacNeil, along with the other semifinalists nationwide, is representative of less than 1 percent of students who took the Preliminary SAT, more commonly known as the PSAT.
The PSAT is a qualifying exam for the merit scholarship program; however, to become a finalist, MacNeil had to maintain an "outstanding academic record," receive an endorsement from her principal, and earn high scores on the SAT.
According to the test website, the National Merit Scholarship Program began in 1955, and semifinalists like MacNeil are designated on a "state representational basis" -- meaning they are the highest scoring entrants from each state.
The other three students are David Collins, Laura Hess, and Elizabeth Mahon. They were placed in the top 5 percent of test-takers in the nation, according to a press release from the school.
Ken Auburt, director of guidance for Milton Public Schools, said the students' achievements deserve recognition and they will continue to excel academically.
"Our Milton High students who excelled on these tests have shown outstanding academic potential," he said in a statement. "They deserve this recognition and they deserve to know how proud we are of them."
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