Spring Valley Academy is proud to announce that senior Hannah Odenthal has been named as a 2014 Semifinalist from among the 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools last year that entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) which served as an initial screen of program entrants. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 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. Hannah is among the nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, which includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates with government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
Hannah is the daughter of Richard and Lisa Odenthal of Liberty Township, Ohio, and is still deciding on which college to attend next fall. Congratulations, Hannah on this prestigious scholastic achievement!