Madeline Altland Named a National Merit® Semifinalist

Congratulations to Madeline Altland, a junior at Wooster High School, for qualifying as a semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Program. 

“Madeline is a great student and steward of Wooster City Schools, and we are all very proud of her for this accomplishment,” said Wooster High School Principal Tyler Keener. “She always goes above and beyond whether it is in academics or extracurricular activities. She has earned this recognition, and we all wish her luck as she continues on in this competition!”l

Approximately 1.5 million juniors from more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).  This honor places Madeline among the top 

As a semifinalist, Altland is eligible to compete for more than $31 million in scholarship awards. However, she must first submit a detailed application to become a finalist. About 90% of semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, and more than half of those finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

“I would like to express my sincere congratulations to Madeline for receiving this amazing recognition,” said Dr. Michael Tefs, Superintendent. “Less than 1 percent of the nations test takers qualify, proving that Madeline is truly a remarkable gifted learner that we can all be proud of and celebrate!” 

The 2021 National Merit® Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program and NMSC by visiting