Wilmington’s Jesse Valente Named Semi-Finalist For National Merit Scholarship

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School Principal Linda Peters has announced that senior Jesse Valente has been named a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Over 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/MNSQT).

The 16,000 semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of each state’s seniors.

Valente is very active at Wilmington High School and ranks in the top three percent of the Class of 2018. Valente has an extremely rigorous course load at WHS and by the time he graduates, he will have completed 11 AP courses and 11 Honor courses. He has also successfully self-stuided for several AP exams.

Outside of the classroom, Valente pursues his passion for running on the varsity indoor and outdoor track and field teams. His love for a good debate has motivated him to start a philosophy club at WHS.

He also participates in Math League, Model United Nations, and Ping Pong Club, and works at Market Basket in Wilmington.


(NOTE: The above press release was submitted by the National Merit Scholarship Program via WHS.)

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