Benig Named National Merit Finalist

Benig Named National Merit Finalist
Posted on 04/10/2018
Theo Benig

(Minooka) – Congratulations are extended to Minooka Community High School senior Theo Benig, son of Dr. Vincent and Sandra Benig of Shorewood, for being named a Finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. This distinction places Benig in a group of approximately 15,000 students representing less than one percent of U.S. high school graduating seniors who are now in contention for over 7,000 National Merit Scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship Awards, and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship Awards. Winners will be announced later this spring.

Over 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants, last year. In order to be considered for Finalist status, participants must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

“Theo’s dedication to academic excellence continues to serve as a wonderful example to not only students at MCHS, but also to high school students across the country,” MCHS Principal Ronald Kiesewetter said. “The entire MCHS community is proud of Theo and wishes him luck as he continues in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Competition.”

After graduation, Benig will attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he will major in computer engineering.

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