SM East leads district with nine National Merit finalists

SM East students have put together an impressive performance in one of the nation’s most recognized academic scholarship programs.

The following nine students have been named National Merit finalists:

Peter Bautz
Anna Bernard
Spencer Brown
Susan McClannahan
Kevin Simpson
Lauren Stanley
Gail Stonebarger
Emily Welter
Russell White

Ninety percent of the SM East students nominated as National Merit semifinalists in September made it on to the next level. The nine finalists from SM East make up a third of the district’s total of 27. SM Northwest and SM South each have seven finalists. SM North has two and SM West has one.

Approximately 15,000 students nationwide made it to the finalist level. About 8,200 of those students will win scholarship money.