Fairmont boasts 3 National Merit Semifinalists and 2 National Hispanic Scholars


Photo: David Elliott

Principal Dan VonHandorf hands certificates to National Merit Semifinalists Sam Barton, Sarah Kane and Jason Guadalupe and to National Hispanic Scholars Jason Guadalupe and Alex Heindl. An Interactive Media student films the event.

On Sept. 10, 2014, three Fairmont seniors received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as 2015 National Merit Semifinalists. The students are Sam Barton, Jason Guadalupe and Sarah Kane.

These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. The three semifinalists will now submit a further application in hopes of becoming National Merit Finalists. They will find out in February.

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants from each state.

The National Merit Scholarship winners of 2015 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

National Hispanic Scholars

In addition to Fairmont’s National Merit Semifinalists, two senior Firebirds were named National Hispanic Scholars. They are Jason Guadalupe and Alex Heindl.

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.