Thursday, September 20, 2007

National Merit Semi-Finalists

Back in high school, I was a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Not a Finalist, a Semi-Finalist. That's actually tougher to do than make it to the next round. Something like 80-90% of Semi-Finalists become Finalists, and at my school I was the only SF in my year, the year before me, or the year after me to accomplish that (that's about 1 in 40).

So that's my spin. Bexley High School has six NMSFs this year, most of whom will eventually become finalists (only 6, you say? Well, so say I as well, but I have a hypothesis... 5 of the 6 are boys, and I think that some of BPS's creme gets skimmed off and lands up at Broad and Drexel...). I happened to notice that Bexley High School's resident mayoral candidate wasn't on the list. Not a big deal, but it could have gone onto his campaign lit. Which got me wondering... Are any of our mayoral candidates National Merit Scholars? Would it be strange if none were? If anyone knows of a mayoral/council candidate who was a National Merit Scholar/Finalist/Semi-Finalist, or heck, even Phi Beta Kappa in college, drop me a line.


Casual Observer said...

I finished in the top 300 of my high school class and never received my diploma because I owed $3.14 in library fines (it was a twisty little Nancy Drew yarn).

But I had the last laugh, because I took that $3.14 and instead invested it in a little startup called Tinyfluffy. (It later changed its name to Microsoft.)

Now I have well over $27.

Who's the National Merit Finalist now, smart guy?

open mind said...

That's greats spin, truly.

I don't think that an academic career has much to do with who you are. You were not a NMF, yet I would say you have more common sense than a lot of people with "superior" scores on tests.

Bill Clinton was a Rhodes scholar. W barely graduated. I would say both have had similar affects on the military; that is to almost completely destroy it (I'm a little sensitive towards the military). How do you explain that?