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Seminary student named finalist in National Merit Scholarship program

5:44 PM, Mar. 28, 2013  |  Comments
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St. Lawrence Seminary High School is pleased to announce that student Ben Conlin was named as a finalist for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program awards.

Conlin, a native of West Bend, has met all of the requirements to advance to a finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Criteria that was evaluated in order to determine the finalist standing included Conlin's academic record, information about his activities and leadership, a personalized essay, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, and an official recommendation from St. Lawrence Seminary High School. Conlin current has a GPA of 4.0 and is involved in numerous activities across campus, ranging from National Honor Society to

Over 1.5 million entrants participated in this year's competition, with an initial contingent of 34,000 receiving a Letter of Commendation. From the Commended, 16,000 Semi-finalists are chosen, with then only a mere 15,000 Finalists being selected from across the country. Approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarship awards will be selected in Spring 2013, beginning in late March.

Conlin's nomination marks the fourth time in five years where St. Lawrence Seminary High School has had a student qualify as a Commended student for the National Merit Scholarship Award, with three of those years also containing finalists. Previous nominees have been Michael Draftz (finalist) and Patrick Foor (commended) from 2011; Nanabayin Coleman (commended) and Carl Close (commended) from 2010; and Luke Loftsgaarden (finalist) and Joshua Kim (commended) from 2009.

St. Lawrence Seminary High School is a private, Catholic, seven-day residential school for young men, founded in 1860 by Capuchin Franciscans. For more information about the school, visit www.stlawrence.edu; or contact 753-7522.

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