Photo courtesy of Gregg Shoultz
21 West High seniors and 4 City High seniors qualified as Semifinalists for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship on Wednesday, Sept. 12. West High leads the state with the most Semifinalists out of the 143 in the state and 16,000 in the nation.
The Semifinalists were the highest-scoring PSAT/NMSQT test-takers in each state, comprising the nationwide’s top one percent.
The Semifinalists will go on to compete for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth over 32 million dollars. The preliminary requirements for becoming a Finalist include an endorsement and recommendation from their principal, a record of high academic performance and an SAT score that confirms their PSAT/NMSAT score. An essay that details the Semifinalists leadership and involvement in the community is also required. The Finalists will be announced starting in April and concluding in June.