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Deerfield’s Alex Berry named National Merit semifinalist

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Alex Berry, a senior at Deerfield-Windsor School was recently named a semifinalist for the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region. Berry is one of more than 160,000 African-American high school juniors from all parts of the U.S. who requested consideration in the 2012 National Achievement Program when they took the 2010 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

Of the eligible students who enter the National Achievement® Program each year, only 1,600 are named Semifinalists, the only students who have an opportunity to advance in the competition for National Achievement Scholarships. Alex will compete for one of 700 one-time National Achievement scholarships in the amount of $2,500, as well as 100 corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship awards. The winners will be announced in early April.

Alex is the son of Dr. William and Mrs. Dacia Berry of Albany.

In addition to Alex, Emily Graf, Christopher Michas, and Katherine Williams have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Although they will not continue in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“We are very proud of Alex, Emily, Chris, and Katie,” DWS headmaster Dave Davies said. “This accomplishment is the result of their dedication and hard work, the efforts of our faculty, and our rigorous college preparatory curriculum.”

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