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Shelton senior Etan Cohn has been named a semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Etan is one of 16,000 semifinalists announced September 12th by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Over 1.6 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools across the nation entered the program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT / NMSQT®).  Etan and other semifinalists represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors.  Semifinalists may continue in the NMSC competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $31 million to be awarded in spring 2019. 

Typically, some 15,000 semifinalists will advance as finalists.  From these, Merit Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of these students’ accomplishments and abilities.

Three types of scholarships – National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards – will be announced this coming spring.  Every finalist will compete for one of the $2,500 scholarships.

“Etan is Shelton’s first National Merit Scholarship semifinalist,” says Shelton Executive Director Suzanne Stell.  “We have celebrated with Shelton students who were NMSC ‘commended’ recipients in the past, but we naturally are excited with Etan’s distinguished award.”   

“We are exceptionally proud of Etan’s honor,” says Head of School Linda Kneese.  “First, we recognize Etan’s unique accomplishments and academic success.  And, of course, as a school, we are undoubtedly pleased to have shared in his educational journey.”  

Etan has been at Shelton since 2006.  A versatile student, he has been actively involved in band, drumline and soccer. 

Etan is the son of Daniel and Deborah Cohn of Plano.  Together they and several Shelton administrators celebrated Etan’s honor in a private ceremony held prior to NMSC’s public announcement.   

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