National Merit Semi-Finalists Named | Osprey watcher
Effie Trinket’s famous statement in The Hunger Games is: “May the odds always be in your favor”, but although winning the Hunger Games lottery meant a journey to certain death, for the semi-finalists of merit. Academically selected nationally, the odds of winning a scholarship, around 50 percent, are reason to shout for joy.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has selected nearly 16,000 semi-finalists for the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Selected seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for around 7,500 national scholarships worth nearly $ 30 million to be offered next spring. A non-profit organization, the goal of NMSC is to honor the nation’s academic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.
High school juniors entered the competition by passing the preliminary qualifying test for the SAT / National Merit Scholarship 2020 (PSAT / NMSQT), which served as the initial selection of program participants. Students with the highest PSAT / NMSQT Selection Index (calculated by doubling the sum of reading, writing and language and math test scores) are eligible for recognition. The semi-finalists, representing less than one percent of high school students, include the participants with the highest scores in each state.
The local high school’s National Merit Scholarship semifinalists include Bell Creek Academy senior Lucas Nardin and Newsome seniors Cody Basquill, Ayotuntosimi Loye and Anika Shah.
Semi-finalists rank among finalists in the competition by meeting high standards of academic performance in Grades 9-12, receiving a recommendation from their high school principal, and submitting a completed application.
NMSC Executive Director of Public Affairs Eileen Artemakis said her staff have heard scholarship winners talk about the impact of scholarships on their educational goals.
“We are thrilled to recognize and reward students who excelled in high school and made a positive impact on their communities, and the high school world inspires them to continue to do so,” said Artemakis.
While it is not easy to win a National Merit Scholarship, neither is it. With study, practice and preparation, students can pass the test. “The recognition and the chance to win a scholarship are worth it,” said Artemakis.
The winners of the National Excellence Scholarships will be announced from April and end in July.
For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit www.nationalmerit.org.