National Merit Scholarship Competition

DANBURY—Immaculate High School is proud to announce that John Palladino ‘18 of Danbury was named a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. He is one of 220 Connecticut students and one of 16,000 students nationwide to have an eligibility score for the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. High School students who took the PSATs during their junior year.

Additionally, Immaculate High School seniors Marina Kolitsas of Woodbury, Kevin McCoy of Danbury and Nicole Palmieri of Sandy Hook were named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are three of only 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being recognized for their “exceptional academic promise” by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Semifinalists and Commended Students are placed among the top 50,000 scorers of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as juniors.

Immaculate High School also noted that Nicole Dimauro ‘17 of Danbury, a Semifinalist in the 2017 competition and a 2017 National Merit Scholar, was one of an elite group of 7,500 high school graduates who received a scholarship towards college annually for up to four years, based on her PSAT/NMSQT and SAT scores. DiMauro is now attending Northeastern University.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, personal commitments and service to others. Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.