MALDEN – Mystic Valley Regional Charter School senior Caroline Crowley of Medford was named a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist joining just 16,000 students nationwide in receiving the distinction. She becomes MVRCS’s tenth semifinalist and joins an exclusive club of the 4.6% of Mystic Valley students who achieved at least commended student distinction since 2018.
Crowley was one of over 1.5 million juniors in 2020 in nearly 24,000 high schools across America who entered the contest by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. According to the NMSC, of the 16,000 semifinalists, approximately 15,000 are expected to advance to the final round as Crowley will learn her fate in February.
“We congratulate Caroline on this exceptional achievement and look forward to following her status as she moves through the next stages of the process,” said Mystic Valley’s Director/Superintendent Alex Dan. “Over the course of her 13 years at MVRCS, Caroline has devoted herself to maximizing her potential as a student and a member of the student community. We are glad that she is receiving the recognition she deserves.”
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 the NMSC with its own funds and be approximately 440 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.
Since its inception 25 years ago in 1998, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School has educated students from the communities of Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham and Wakefield. The school has over 1,600 students in grades K-12 and strives tirelessly to deliver a world-class education characterized by a well-mannered, disciplined, and structured academic climate. Located in Malden, MVCRS has an extensive character education program, incorporating core values and fundamentals ideals of American Culture embodied in the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution.