Sept. 15, 2004 — Three Antilles School seniors, Andrea Bailey, Charlotte Hancock and Kevin Oldfield, are among five students in the U.S. Virgin Islands celebrating their selection as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The program honors scholastically talented high school seniors and provides many with scholarship awards. Of the 1.3 million students nationwide who took the test in 21,000 different high schools, only 16,000 students qualified to continue on in the program. Ultimately, the program will award a total of $33.9 million to 8,200 college-bound students.
"These three students exemplify the kind of critical thinking and community spirit we value at Antilles School," Headmaster Ted Morse said. "Having taught them in advanced placement history, I know that they will continue to be successful and contributing members of their community. We are all very proud of them."
Bailey, 17, is the daughter of Nick and Joyce Bailey of St. Thomas; Hancock, 17, is the daughter of Don and Sarah Hancock of St. Thomas; and Oldfield, 17, is the son of Ed Oldfield and Gail Karlsson of St. John.
St. Croix Country Day School also had two semifinalists, Hillary Komlanc, 17, daughter of Cheryl and Anthony Komlanc, and Amanda Lyon, 18, daughter of Jonathan C. Lyon.
Semifinalists rank among the top 1 percent of seniors nationwide.
In February 2005, finalists will be selected based on Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, participation and leadership in school and community activities, a detailed scholarship application and a self-descriptive essay. The selection committee will announce the scholarship recipients between April and July 2005.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is a nonprofit organization that operates without government assistance and is underwritten by business organizations and higher education institutions as well as its own funds. This is the 50th year of the competition.
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