On September 12, officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
Kennebunk High School’s Class of 2013 National Merit Semifinalist is Christopher Kremer.
Chris is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, the recipient of the Renssalaer Medal as a junior, and a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar. A member of the Mock Trial team, Robotics Club and Ultimate Frisbee Club, Chris is also on the cross country, swimming, and track and field teams. He has served as the assistant to the chairperson of the Kennebunk Free Library since April of 2013 and volunteers as an assistant coach in the Kennebunk Department of Recreation’s summer track and field program. Christopher is the son of Vincent and Cathy Kremer of Kennebunk.