Students earn National Merit Scholarship recognition

Posted Sept. 30, 2011, at 5:50 p.m.

LIMESTONE — Luke Shorty, executive director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, announced that Shane Flanigan of Pittsfield, Nikolai Hersfeldt of South Portland, James Jelin of Kennebunkport, and Klaas Pruiksma of Lewiston have been named semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Approximately 16,000 semifinalists throughout the nation are being recognized. These students placed among the top 1 percent.

Shorty also announced that Austin Hartwell of Cushing, Anthony Murphy of North Haven, Thomas Murphy of Rockport, Helen Roberts of Falmouth, Henry Schuth of Eastport and Jack Seguin of Newburgh have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for exceptional academic promise. These students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT-National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will be presented to the scholastically talented seniors.

For more information about Maine School of Science and Mathematics, visit http://www.mssm.org/ .

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