Sept. 15, 2004 — Two Country Day School seniors, Hillary Komlanc and Amanda Lyon, 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.
Komlanc, 17, is the daughter of Cheryl and Anthony Komlanc, and Amanda Lyon, 18, is the daughter of Jonathan C. Lyon.
On St. Thomas, the Antilles School had three semifinalists: Andrea Bailey, 17, daughter of Nick and Joyce Bailey of St. Thomas; Charlotte Hancock, 17, daughter of Don and Sarah Hancock of St. Thomas; and Kevin Oldfield, 17, son of Ed Oldfield and Gail Karlsson of St. John.
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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