In October of 2014, approximately 1.5 million students from across the country, including Trinitas, entered the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSQT) by way of participating in the Preliminary SAT Examination, also known as the PSAT. In February of this year we announced that two of our students, Master Colby Gilley and Master Ben Noland, based on their performance on the PSAT exam, reached the next level of the National Merit competition. Today, we congratulate Master Ben Noland for achieving the level of National Merit Commended Scholar. Ben is one of only 32,000 students in the nation receiving this distinction.
Of the more than 1.5 million entrants, 16,000 were recently selected as semifinalists and will continue in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Mr. Ken Trotter, Trinitas administrator, presented Master Colby Gilley with a certificate designating him as a National Merit Semifinalist…quite an honor. Congratulations!
In the ten years juniors from Trinitas have entered the NMSQT competition by taking the PSAT, five graduates have been named National Merit Finalists with one accepting a scholarship and thus becoming a National Merit Scholar, and four have been named Commended Scholars. That amounts to an outstanding thirteen percent of our graduates who have been awarded the distinction of any National Merit title, six percent commended scholars and seven percent finalists.