Posted by Liam O'Kennedy September 21, 2012 09:30 AM
The following was submitted by Malden Catholic High School:
Malden Catholic High School is pleased to recognize Patrick Allen from the Class of 2013 who has been selected by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a semifinalist in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. A resident of Wilmington, graduate of St. Clement’s Elementary School in Somerville, and parishioner of St. Theresa Church, Patrick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Allen.
The 16,000 Semifinalists were selected from among more than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 U.S. high schools who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists includes the highest scoring entrants in each state, and Massachusetts typically has one of the strongest pools of candidates in the country. Malden Catholic’s Semifinalist is among 351 academically talented students in Massachusetts selected from the approximately 42,000 Bay State students who took the test at 429 high schools.
To advance to Finalist standing, Semifinalists must have a record of very high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by their school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. Malden Catholic Principal Brother Thomas Puccio, CFX, Ed.D., comments: “Patrick is not only a top student and a fine gentlemen, generous in service, but a strong contributor to the overall life of our school. We are certainly proud of him! I thank Patrick’s teachers for the wonderful preparation they have provided, and I am delighted to recommend him for Finalist standing.”
Merit Scholarship winners of 2013 will be announced in four nationwide releases to news media beginning in April and concluding in July.
About Malden Catholic
Malden Catholic High School maintains an 80-year tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Further information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.org.