MODG students Maria Gjolberg ('22) and Calvin Paradise ('22) have earned the title of Semifinalists in this year's National Merit Scholarship Program! 

The two seniors are among the approximately 16,000 students who earned the top scores on the PSAT out of the 1.85 million students who took the test in the 2020-2021 school year. 

In addition to earning high scores on the PSAT, students become Semifinalists after they show strong high school academic records, write an essay, submit letters of recommendation, and perform similarly well on the SAT. 

The National Merit Scholarship Organization expects slightly less than half of the Semifinalists to go on to win scholarships and be named Merit Scholars. The official list of winners will be announced in the spring.

Congratulations, Maria and Calvin!