St. Lawrence Seminary High School is pleased to announce that a recent graduate was chosen as a recipient for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program awards. Ben Conlin, a native of West Bend, 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 recently graduated from St. Lawrence Seminary High School with a GPA of 4.0, was the 2013 Class Salutatorian, and was involved in numerous activities across campus, ranging from National Honor Society and band to Forensics and Hilltopics, the school's newspaper.
The National Merit Scholarship award that Conlin received includes a four-year full ride scholarship to Fordham University, located in New York City, New York.
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 15,000 finalists being selected from across the country. Approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarship awards were selected in Spring 2013, beginning in late March.
Conlin's nomination and award 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.
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