Local students named National Merit semifinalists
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
Several Shelby County students were among about 16,000 students nationwide who were named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and are now in the running to receive a portion of more than $32 million in scholarships.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released its semifinal list on Sept. 13 after the students took the 2016 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test when they were juniors in high school.
The semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of United States high school seniors, and include the highest-scoring entrants from each state.
To qualify to be a National Merit Scholarship finalist, students must submit a detailed scholarship application providing information about their academic record, participation history in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors they have received.
A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test,” read a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Of the 16,000 students were have been named National Merit semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to move to the finalist round and about half of the finalists will earn a National Merit Scholarship.
The following local students have been named National Merit semifinalists:
Evangel Classical Christian School
Evangel Christian School
-Mary Brook Diamond
Thompson High School
Briarwood Christian School
Oak Mountain High School
Spain Park High School
Westminster School at Oak Mountain
Chelsea High School
Shelby County High School
Indian Springs School
-Lily St. John
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