Semifinalists named in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program

EVANSTON, ILL. — Four local students have been named semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Semifinalists are: William Alexander of the Watershed Community School, Maximilian G. Geffken, Crockett Lalor and Clark N. Thomas, all from Camden Hills Regional High School.

These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 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 of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

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, employment, 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.


Crabtree promoted to sergeant

AUGUSTA — Eric Crabtree of Hope, a member of the 133rd Engineer Battalion, was  promoted to sergeant in August.


Williams enrolls at Clemson University

CLEMSON, S.C. — Haley Elizabeth Williams of Hope has enrolled at Clemson University. Williams is majoring in biological sciences.

Williams is among more than 3,200 freshmen at Clemson for the fall semester.


Salem trip with Five Town CSD Adult Ed

ROCKPORT — Seats are selling fast for the popular trip to Salem, Mass., sponsored by adult ed.

This quaint New England city is home to the architecture of Samuel McIntire, the birthplace of famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne, the site of a seaside national park, and the location of the Peabody Essex Museum, the oldest continuously operating museum in the nation. Spend the day discovering a different side of Salem or take in all that has given this small New England town such notoriety.

Price includes transportation, bus driver gratuity, a 2013 Destination Salem guide and Map, Haunted Happenings brochure and a list of 10 free things to do in Salem. Trip leaves Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. from Camden Hills Regional High School, with additional pickup stops in Damariscotta and Waldoboro. Participants will be back at Camden Hills by about 11 p.m.

Contact the adult ed office at 236-7800, ext. 5 or visit, to register or for more information. Registration is $60 and closes Sept. 30.