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Cold Spring Harbor CSD announces National Merit Semifinalist: Annabelle Coles
Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Program have selected Cold Spring Harbor High School senior Annabelle Coles as a 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. This prestigious honor is awarded to students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Annabelle entered the competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which served as an initial screening of program entrants. Nationwide, semifinalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. There are approximately 16,000 semifinalists of which 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level where they will compete to earn National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million.
To become a finalist in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application including an outstanding academic record throughout high school, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership skills, employment, and a list of honors and awards received. The semifinalist must be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm earlier performance on the qualifying test. Semifinalists advancing to the finalist level will be announced in February 2023. The National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in spring 2023.
The Cold Spring Harbor Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Jill M. Gierasch, Cold Spring Harbor High School Principal Daniel Danbusky, administrators and staff congratulate Annabelle on her prestigious academic achievement and wish her continued success in the competition.
Photo caption: Guidance Counselor Heather Friedland, Annabelle Coles, Principal Daniel Danbusky, Superintendent Jill M. Gierasch.