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18 LR Central Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Once again, Little Rock Central dominated the state with the most National Merit® Semi-finalists. Congratulations to Little Rock Central’s 18 National Merit Semifinalists:

 

Trisha Bhattacharyya

Will Bolster

Chen-Bo Fang

Sherry T. Ago

Sarthak Garg

David W. Gilson

Audrey A. Glover

Jolli Khoo

Ian U. Kim

Jacob O. Maris

Hannah R. Oldham

Matthew G. Ponder

Chandler J. Smith

Gee-Yong Sung

Chuang Z. Tang

Manasa Veluvolu

Jeong-Min Wui

Edward H. Zhao

 

Central’s 18 National Merit Semi-finalists are part of an elite group of approximately 16,000 academically talented highs school seniors who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earing the Merit Scholar® title.

 

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test  (PSAT/NMSQ®),  which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

 

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards 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.