Joseph Kinnan

Riverside-Brookfield High School senior Joseph Kinnan has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist, ranking him in the top 7,600 students nationwide based on scores from the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Based on results of that exam, taken by more than 1.5 million students annually, the top 34,000 in the nation are designated commended scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

Of those 34,000, about 16,000 of them were named semifinalists. Of that group about 15,000 are named finalists, like Kinnan, who are considered for the roughly 7,600 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.