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Spring Valley Academy Senior Named in National Merit Scholarship Program

Story by Vicki Swetnam

Ohio Conference's Spring Valley Academy is pleased to announce that senior Rebekah Shull has been named as a 2023 semifinalist from among the 1.3 million program entrants that entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). By taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants, Shull is among the nationwide pool of semifinalists—representing less than one percent of United States high school seniors, which includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

From the 50,000 high scorers nationwide, these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 16,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered this spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Qualifying scores vary from state to state and from year to year, but the scores of all semifinalists are extremely high. NMSP provides scholarship application materials to semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each semifinalist.

Shull is the daughter of Ted and Sonya of Dayton, Ohio. The academy’s faculty and staff extend their congratulations to her on this most prestigious scholastic achievement!

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