Villa Maria Academy seniors DanaRose Negro and Olivia McCloskey have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Finalists are chosen from the approximately 16,000 semifinalists named in the fall, and must have maintained high academic standards and met other qualifications. About 1.5 million students enter the competition nationally by taking the PSAT in their junior year.
In addition to being named National Merit Scholarship finalists, the students have a number of other achievements on their high school resumes.
Olivia McCloskey has been named an AP Scholar with Honor. She is a talented musician, and was named Tri-M Music Honor Society Musician of the Year in her junior year. She plans to study neuroscience in college next year, with the goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.
DanaRose has been named an AP Scholar with Distinction, and has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll each semester to date. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Villa Maria’s yearbook, and a member of the school’s student council. DanaRose is also a member of the National Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. DanaRose plans to study biology with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.
From March through June, finalists in the program may be selected to win one of several types of program scholarships: National Merit® $2500 Scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.