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Unified School District of De Pere

Three DPHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

The Unified School District of De Pere is pleased to announce three De Pere High School students were named today as Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors Jackson Gallagher, Calvin Hunt and Aisa Longnecker are among the 16,000 students nationwide who will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  More than 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

“On behalf of the staff at De Pere High School, I want to congratulate Jackson, Calvin and Aisa on being named as Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program,” said Nick Joseph, De Pere High School Principal.  “Each of these students has performed well in the classroom and is a great representative of all that De Pere High School stands for. In addition to their academic performance, each of them is also involved in school sponsored athletics, clubs or groups.  We are extremely proud of Jackson, Calvin and Aisa and wish them good luck in the National Merit Program.”  

Hunt said he hopes his achievement sends a positive message to other students. “I did invest a lot of time preparing for the test, and it’s good to see those efforts come to fruition. If you are willing to put in the work, you can achieve.”

Longnecker credits her parents for their continual support and encouragement in academic and extracurricular pursuits. “Being named a Semifinalist is really a testament to support I’ve had both in and out of school.” She encourages all students to take the qualifying test.  “I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but there is no downside to trying.”

Gallagher, who said being named a Semifinalist was a “really good surprise”, will continue to invest time in preparing for pre-college tests and narrowing the list of colleges he is considering.  “I’m just going to keep my head down, working hard and making time for the things that are really important.”

The Unified School District of De Pere serves more than 4300 students from the communities of De Pere (east of the Fox River),  and parts of the towns of Bellevue, Glenmore, Ledgeview, Morrison, Rockland and Wrightstown. Our mission: As a responsible partner with our families and communities, we provide a distinct educational edge that prepares all learners to be successful and contributing members in our global society.