ROCKFORD, Ill. — Boylan Catholic High School senior Ben Thomas has been named a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program honors about 50,000 academically gifted high school students from across the country. The 2020 National Merit honorees were selected from more than 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) in the fall of 2018. From this pool, approximately 15,000 are named Finalists. Of these Finalists, about 7,600 will be awarded college scholarships.

In order to qualify as a Finalist, Ben submitted a detailed scholarship application, providing information about academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and employment, along with honors and awards received.

The academic and extracurricular achievements that helped earn Ben Finalist status include National Honor Society, student council, captain of his club lacrosse team, and designation as a Bishop Lane Scholar, given to Boylan students who scored in the 95th percentile or above on the high school placement exam.

“We are incredibly proud of Ben’s accomplishments, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Boylan President Amy Ott. “His National Merit Finalists status was well-deserved and we look forward to watching him continue to excel beyond the walls of Boylan.”

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