For the first time in school history, two Belleville High School students have become National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. They are seniors Otto Anson and Riley Medenwald. Both Otto and Riley earned the designation with a qualifying score on the Preliminary SAT. From the 1.6 million high school juniors at more than 22,000 high schools around the country who took the test, Otto and Riley are two of only 16,000 students nationwide to advance in the process. Both will take the SAT this fall. Approximately 90% of the semifinalists move on to become finalists in February.
Belleville High School's last qualifier was Michelle Chalupnik in 2013. Michelle was a National Merit Scholarship winner that year. The Wisconsin State Journal published a list of other semifinalists today (9-13):
For a high school of approximately 275, Belleville matched or exceeded the number of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists of schools in the area with student populations of over 1,800. We are small, but we are mighty.
Congratulations to Otto and Riley! Thank you for making us proud! It's a great day to be a Wildcat!