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Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist

kadin with his scholarship(Feb. 28. 2024) After earning semifinalist status in the fall, Cheltenham High School senior Kadin Ginkinger has been named a finalist in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship program competition. He will compete for some 7,100 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $28 million.

Ginkinger is among the approximately 15,000 finalists to advance out of the nationwide pool of 16,000 semifinalists. To become finalists, semifinalists had to submit a scholarship application, have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by a school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores confirming their qualifying test performance.

Ginkinger, who plans to major in psychology on a pre-law track at a school in the Northeast, is the Class of 2024 vice president, and a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. He is a member of the CHS Cultural Proficiency and Equity Student Ambassadors and plays lacrosse and ice hockey. He volunteers his time on the case of a wrongfully convicted man named Tyree Wallace.

“It is rewarding to see that the work I have put in is paying off,” he said. 

Since 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, has conducted the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, which underwrites the scholarships in conjunction with approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions.