Sixteen Mount Carmel Academy students have been recognized for their achievement on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test! 

Congratulations to the following students:

National Merit Semifinalists:
Hailey Edwards
Avery Wicker

National Merit Commended Students:
Amanda Betancourt
Haley Labonia
Grace Vu
Kate Wakefield
Margaret Watson

National African American Recognition Award:
Alyssa Moore
Nadia Powell
Penelope Anderson

National Hispanic Recognition Award:
Amanda Betancourt
Brooke Oliver
Catalina Reichard
Molly Arruebarrena
Sofia Woods
Sofia Giarrusso
Francesca-Rose Mayeux


Over 1.3 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2024 National Merit
Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 

A total of about 50,000 participants receive recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In early September, over 16,000 of the 50,000 high scorers will be notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and including the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Of the 16,000 Semifinalists, 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level in February.

The remaining 34,000 high scorers will be named Commended Students and will receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.


Eight MCA students earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These programs celebrate students' hard work in high school and showcase their strong academic performance. The academic honors for rural area, Black, Indigenous, and/or Latino students are an opportunity for students to share their strong academic achievements with colleges and scholarship programs that are seeking to recruit diverse talent. Honored students’ PSAT/NMSQT scores that are within the top 10% of assessment takers in each state for each award program.



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