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Kristofer Pieper named National Merit Scholar

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june 12, 2012

Schuylerville senior Kristofer Pieper has been selected as a National Merit Scholar. He is in an elite group, as less than one percent of high school seniors from across the nation received this honor in 2012.

This is the first time in more than 12 years that Schuylerville Central School District has had a National Merit Scholar. Kristofer was chosen from among a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. A $2,500 scholarship is part of the honor; Kristofer received an additional college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship from Tufts University, where he will go in the fall to study international relations.

NMSC scholarship winners in each state are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Finalists compete for the awards. To select scholarship winners, a committee of educators appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools, such as academic records (including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned), recommendations from high school staff and an essay written by the finalist.

This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October 2012 when approximately 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state were named semifinalists. Only these 16,000 semifinalists had the opportunity to continue in the competition.

From the semifinalists, Kristofer was among the 15,000 students who met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of competition. By the conclusion of the program, approximately 8,300 earned the “merit scholar” title and received scholarships.

Congratulations are extended to Kristofer, who is also the Schuylerville Class of 2012 valedictorian.