Luke LoTempio '22 has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.
The semifinalists were announced Wednesday by the National Merit Scholarship Company, and the 16,000 who are being honored represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.
Semifinalists in the 67th annual program were determined by their performance on the Preliminary SAT; the PSAT is also titled the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
"Being selected as a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program is a reflection of the effort I have put into my work," said LoTempio. "It reminds me to continue to do my best."
The senior from Clarence plans to study economics and math in college. Among his co-curricular activities are the Mock Trial club, the sailing team and the rowing team.
"I enjoy AP Calculus BC because solving new problems constantly keeps me engaged," he said. "Mock Trial is my favorite club because it combines preparation and teamwork with improvisation.
"Canisius provides an environment that stresses growth and excellence. This has helped motivate me to strive for a higher standard of work."
To become a National Merit Scholarship finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards. Semifinalists must also write an essay and need to earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student's PSAT performance.
Finalists will be announced in February. From the 15,000 finalists, about half of those will receive National Merit Scholarships worth a total of nearly $30 million. Finalists will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.