Sixteen HCS Seniors Selected As 2018 National Merit Semifinalists
Sixteen seniors from Grissom, New Century and Huntsville High have been selected as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist for 2018. Approximately 16,000 students out of over 1.6 million were selected across the U.S. as Semifinalists in the 63rd 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 2018.
The Semifinalists from the district are Peter Choi, Benton Davis, Alexandra Liever, Janey McManus, Lynnlee Poe, Charmain Su, and Andrew Weir from Grissom High, Grace Brandon, Emma Lynch, Elijah Morrow, Christian Pendergrass, Laura Walker, and Rong Wang from Huntsville High, and Megan Cooper, Daniel Shady, and Ethan Yeuell from New Century Technology High.
Sheri Crigger, a HCS College Counselor, says that this is “a reflection of twelve years of work for these students, along with their teachers and family,” adding that we “expect great things from these students and know they will accomplish much in the future.”
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.