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Michaela Collins named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Merit Scholarship semifinalist Michaela Collins with principal Hawley and associate principal Sarah Budreau

Lake Orion Community Schools proudly announces Lake Orion High School senior Michaela Collins as a 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

Approximately 1.6 million juniors across the country entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2016 Preliminary SAT.

Michaela was one of 16,000 reached the semifinalist stage.

“I found out yesterday (Thursday) that I was a semifinalist,” Collins said. “I was hoping. Since I got my PSAT score back, it looked like it might be a possibility from last year’s scores.”

She’ll begin the finalist application process this weekend as she fills in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s Online Scholarship Application. She already took the SAT, which is used to confirm her high score from the PSAT.

In February, finalists will be notified as the field is whittled down to about 15,000 and that group will be evaluated for a National Merit Scholarship on the basis of “academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.”

Michaela’s well-rounded school experience on the swim team, where she already has six top-six finishes this season, and in the writing club, should help her cause as the pursues the future steps.

There are three different Merit scholarships available: 2,500 $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards from 230 corporations and business organizations who meet specific criteria and about 190 colleges and universities finance 4,000 awards for those who attended the sponsor college or university.

“It means I have a chance to get some scholarship money, which will definitely help and hopefully get into a good college,” Michaela said.

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