One Moon Area High School (MAHS) senior qualified as semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition.
MAHS senior, Patrick Whartenby, was among 16,000 semifinalists in the nation. The 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program selects semifinalists based on about 1.5 million individual 2018 Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) scores. Less than one percent of seniors are selected as semifinalists.
Whartenby also demonstrates involvement both in school and within the community as he is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, American Cultures Club, Boy Scouts of America, and has volunteered with the Coraopolis Cooperative Food Pantry, World Vision, and his church. Whartenby is also a high honor student at MAHS and a member of both the cross country and hockey teams.
Once semifinalists are selected and announced, the high school seniors must submit an application to be considered for finalist scholarships. About 15,000 students will be selected as finalists, of which 7,600 will receive scholarships.
To advance as a finalist, qualifiers must submit a scholarship application. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the application provides “information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.” In addition, applicants must be recommended by a high school official, submit an essay, and have a qualifying SAT score comparable to their PSAT score.