Semifinalists named in scholarship program

Area youth are being honored after being named semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The local students are part of more than 16,000 semifinalists named in the program.

Local students making the semifinalist list are William Garvey, Luke Osborn, and Sydney Steger, Pinkerton Academy; Zachard Chau, Londonderry High School, and Adrian Sperl, Salem High School.

More than 1.6 million high school juniors from 22,000 schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The high school seniors have an opportunity now to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level, More than 90 percent are expected to reach that level and half will win a National Merit Scholarship.

That process includes submitting a detailed scholarship application providing information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors/awards received.

About 15,000 are expected to advance to be finalists and will be notified in February. National Merit Scholarship winners  of 2019 will then officially be notified beginning in April.

Golf tournament supports students

WINDHAM — The 26th annual 2018 Teamsters Local 25 Charity 2018 Golf Tournament was held at Windham Country Club.  This tournament is the primary fundraiser for the Teamsters Local 25 Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships each year to children of Teamster members and retirees as a way to help the next generation of leaders achieve their academic and career goals. 

The winning team was led by 18-year-old Edward Welch, Jr. of Brockton, the son of a Local 25 member who earned a Local 25 scholarship this year.  Welch graduated Brockton High School and is attending the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He is the son of Edward Welch, Sr., a Teamsters Local 25 member who works at Global Experience Specialists. 

“College planning is an exciting time, but it can also be scary to think about the financial burdens that accompany it, and this scholarship helps to ease the financial burden for my family and me,” said recipient Edward Welch, attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy this fall. “My dad has been a member of Local 25 for 25 years; I’ve grown up hearing nothing but stories of brotherhood and about how the union is always helping others, but to actually benefit from this generosity is pretty special and I am very grateful.”

Teamsters Local 25 provided college scholarships to 30 high school students this year. 

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