National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced 11 MICDS students as National Merit Semifinalists in its 63rd annual scholarship program.

“We are thrilled to have 11 MICDS students represented among other high-achieving high school seniors across the country,” said Lisa Lyle, Head of School. “MICDS continues to offer a well-rounded education where we prepare graduates who will lead lives of purpose and service. These 11 students are a testament to that important work.”

(Back row, from left) Lucy Cadanau ’18, Sarah Griswold ’18, Ella Halford ’18, Bobby Loomis ’18, Binxuan Zhang ’18 and Jacqueline Zoeller ’18.
(Front row, from left) Blake Abel ’18, Nick Jones ’18, Atri Bhattacharyya ’18, William Ball ’18 and Alex Donovan ’18.

With a challenging academic curriculum and a small student to teacher ratio, MICDS is known annually for educating students who are named National Merit Semifinalists. When calculating test scores for the Class of 2017, the School’s mean ACT composite score was 30, with a mean SAT composite score of 1350. In addition and with support from one of the nation’s leading college counseling programs, MICDS sends a larger number of students to the most competitive four-year universities (as ranked by Barron’s) than any other private school in the greater St. Louis area.

“At MICDS, our faculty and students work in tandem to help each student achieve his or her academic goals,” said Scott Small, Head of Upper School at MICDS. “These 11 students are some of the School’s best and brightest, and I’m confident that exciting things are in store for these young scholars.”

By The Numbers

This year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named approximately 16,000 high school seniors as semifinalists and will award some 7,500 National Merit scholarships amounting to more than $32 million.