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Four IMSA Seniors Named National Achievement Semifinalists

Four IMSA seniors have qualified as semifinalists in the 2013 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students.

Isiah Butler of Wilmette, Joe Donermeyer of Homewood, Karen Olowu of Riverside, and Ciara Wardlow of Willowbrook are among approximately 1,600 semifinalists nationwide who are now eligible to compete for about 800 achievement scholarships.The IMSA semifinalists are among more than 160,000 African-American students nationwide who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), the test used in the competition. Roughly 80% of semifinalists will attain finalist standing, where more than half will be awarded scholarships that total about $2.5 million dollars.

The 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which gets support from corporations, professional associations, foundations and NMSC’s own funds. 

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