Hopkins senior named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Senior Michael Korsh, a budding journalist, is one of the nearly 16,000 students across the country vying for a National Merit Scholarship.
September 13, 2017

Hopkins High School senior Michael Korsh is among a prestigious group of students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. He is one of nearly 16,000 to advance to the semifinalist stage and continue vying for a coveted National Merit Scholarship.

A budding journalist, Korsh has been involved in the high school newspaper, the Royal Page, since his sophomore year at Hopkins. He has covered everything from sports and school features to the Oscars and hard-hitting school news. Now an editor-in-chief, Korsh plans to study journalism in college.

“I like to take my knowledge and put it together into something practical and tangible,” Korsh said, adding his love of reporting has made him into a bona fide “news junkie.”

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, students in their junior year must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as the initial screening of program entrants. Students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, complete an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier PSAT/NMSQT scores.

Korsh’s counselor Xeev Xwm Vang said Korsh is a passionate learner who is just as dedicated to succeeding both in and out of the classroom. 

“He is diligent about selecting and managing rigorous courses that challenge him and courses that expose him to learning opportunities,” Vang said. “Michael has strong academic beliefs of success allowing him to be a student who enjoys collaborating with his peers, classmates, and teachers.”

Out of the nearly 16,000 semifinalists, approximately 15,000 advance to the finalist stage. If Korsh is selected as a finalist, he will be notified in February. Recipients of a National Merit Scholarship will be named in spring 2018.

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