Two students recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

Pictures taken by Jessie Strait
Pictures taken by Jessie Strait

Seniors (left to right) Grant Merz and Jay Suh are National Merit Semifinalists.                                                                       Photo taken by Jessie Strait

On Sept. 9, the National Merit Scholarships Corporation announced the semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship. Among the semifinalists chosen were seniors Grant Merz, and Jay Suh. Additionally, National Merit Commended Scholars include seniors Blake Estep, Nathan Knueppel, Hannah Lee, Joshua Lisco, Benjamin Ninde, Jacob Sims, Alexia Vaughn, and Kurt Worley.

  The National Merit Scholarships Corporation awards students from across the country based on how well they scored on the PSAT, a test preparing students to take the SAT, which was taken in the fall of the last academic year. Scoring in the top three percent of test takers determines whether a student is eligible for the title of a National Merit Commended Scholar, and those students compete against other top scorers for the title of National Merit Semifinalist.

  According to, this year, 16,000 students out of 50,000 high scoring test takers were recognized as semifinalists, while 34,000 out of 50,000 high scoring test takers were recognized as National Merit Commended Scholars. If a student is awarded the title of National Merit Semifinalist, many scholarship opportunities are available at numerous colleges and universities- most of which are willing to offer the semifinalists half-tuition, or even full rides. National Merit Commended Scholars are also eligible to receive recognition and scholarship opportunities.

  In order to be a National Merit Finalist, or a Merit Scholarship winner, a student needs to submit a great academic record, and take the SAT between October 2013 and December 2015 to verify their PSAT score, according to From there, it becomes competition between the strongest academic students.  

Congratulations to all the students recognized in the National Merit program.


Jessie Strait–Editor in Chief


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *