A bit of horn-tooting is in order for my 11th-grade son, Genius.
Today his principal notified him that he has been named a National Merit Scholarship Qualifier. This honor is based on the PSAT scores from students who took the test in October 2011. The way it was explained to me, Genius ranks in the top 50,000 of the 1.5 million high school juniors who took the PSAT. That is like the top 3.3% of students nationwide. The 96th percentile.
In September 2012, semifinalists will be named. Genius may qualify at that point, or may be out of the running for a National Merit Scholarship. It depends on how Missouri scores stack up. In the very least, he will get a Letter of Commendation. Which certainly can't look bad on a college application.
Though it might not look so good hanging on the wall of his room in our basement when he is 30 years old and unemployed. Just kidding, Genius!
Here's a link about the National Merit Scholarship Program. Though it is from Wikipedia...
Genius is pleased to have made this first cut. We are all quite proud of him. It is not a common occurrence in our school district. I'm not so sure it has ever happened before.