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Eleven HCS Seniors Selected as 2019 National Merit Semifinalists

Eleven seniors from Grissom, New Century and Huntsville High have been selected as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist for 2019.  Approximately 16,000 students out of over 1.6 million were selected across the U.S. as Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  The Semifinalists selected represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and will have a chance to compete for over 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring of 2019.

The Semifinalists from the district are Kyra Britton, Charis Harrison, Kristen Herder, Alison Hu, Noah Kim, Louis Levesque, Conner Morgan, Jack Smalligan from Grissom High, Sarah Kelso and Lauren Scott from Huntsville High, and Kathryn Phillips from New Century Technology High. 

HCS College Counselor Sheri Crigger says that “we expect great things from these students.” She added that this is “a reflection of over a decade of work and that success is due to their teachers, school staff, and family.”

Students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Scholarship Qualifying Test, with less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors earning the distinction of a Semifinalist.  To become a Finalist, each candidate and their school must submit a detailed application that includes records of academics, school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, along with any employment, honors, and awards received.  Out of the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, around 90% will likely advance to the Finalist level.