National Merit and National Achievement Finalists!
Kathleen Cunningham, a member of the Class of 2014, has been named a National Merit Finalist, and her classmate, Jared Hunter, is a Finalist in the National Achievement program.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test their junior year of high school-a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. Every Saint James high school junior participates in this competition. Approximately 34,000 of the 1.5 million students, receive the honor of a National Merit Commended Student, and of those 34,000, 15,000 are named National Merit Finalists, only 1% of those who take the test.
More than 1,600 Black American high school seniors are designated as Semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program each year. About 80 percent of Semifinalists attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win an Achievement Scholarship award. Approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship® awards worth about $2.5 million are offered each year.