National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 scholarship winners.
Among the recipients are Ethan and Jesse Pattison of Sturgis High School. They are the sons of St. Joseph County District Court Judge Rob Pattison.
The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.
National Merit winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.
The Pattison twins, two of fewer than 300 to receive the honor in Michigan and the only recipients in St. Joseph County, plan to attend the University of Michigan.