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98 Percent of Glenbrook North 2012 Class Pursue Higher Education

University of Illinois, Oakton Community College and Indiana University among the most popular picks for GBN grads. Also, seven GBN students are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

More than 98 percent of Glenbrook North's graduating class of 2012 is pursuing higher education this fall at 153 institutions throughout the nation and select parts of the world.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oakton Community College, Indiana University, University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan arethe top five most popular schools selected by the former GBN students.

Some of the other top attended universities or colleges include the University of Missouri, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Michigan State and Illinois State University.

Of the 98.1 percent of students attending college, 73 percent remain in the Midwest - 37 percent of which are in Illinois.  Four are attending outside of the U.S., one is enrolled in technical school and another in the military, and three are taking a GAP year.  One student also is now employed.

There was a 5 percent increase in the number of students leaving the state and an 8 percent increase in the number of students going outside the Midwest.

National Merit Semifinalists

Seven students from Glenbrook North have been named National Merit Semifinalists. They join the nationwide pool of semifinalists that represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and include the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

These students include: Samuel L. Aber, Audrey Chou, Patricia Hare, Younglak Hong, Rohan Mehta, Brian O'Keefe and Gabrielle Skladman.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists.

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