2017 National Merit Commended Student

Mr. Timothy McGee, Principal of North Smithfield High School, announced today that Julian Casanova has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended student in the 2018 National merit Scholarship Program.  A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to Julian at the Spring 2018 Senior Awards Night for his excellence in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.   About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional promise.  Commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT  test. 
 

2017 National Merit Semi-Finalist

Mr. Timothy McGee, Principal of North Smithfield High School, announced today that Elizabeth Votta has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist in the 2018 National merit Scholarship Program.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 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. NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 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.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semi Finalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit
Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

2017 Financial Aid Night

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of seniors:

Financial Aid Night has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the North Smithfield High School Library.

This workshop is sponsored by the Guidance Department and the Rhode Island Association of Financial Aid Officers.  Mr. Michael Joyce, Director of Program Administration, Division of Higher Education Assistance, Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, will offer a two-part program on financial aid for both seniors and their parent(s) or guardian(s).  The first section of the program will provide a general overview of the current status of financial aid.  The remainder of the program will be a step-by-step explanation of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE that is required by some schools.


If your child is planning to enter a university, college, community college, or a post-secondary trade or technical school after their senior year, you are encouraged to attend this program.

Navigating the College Search Process for Students with Learning Differences, AD/HD & Executive Function Challenges:

Navigating the College Search Process for Students with Learning Differences, AD/HD & Executive Function Challenges: 
A Workshop for High School Students and Their Families

Please join us for an informative presentation 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
  7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Avenue 
Milton, MA 
 FeaturingPaula Cocce
Program for Advancement of Learning
Curry College

Lori Lubeski
Program for Advancement of Learning
Curry College

Optional Dinner with members of the Curry College Community at 5:30pm                                                                                     For more information, or to register for this event, please contact  Michelle Bracken, Associate Director of Admission mbracken [at] curry [dot] edu or (617) 333-2106
Space is limited! 
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