Sixteen Jenks High School students named National Merit semifinalists

Sixteen Jenks High School students named National Merit semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced last week the semifinalists for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, and 16 students from Jenks High School are among the 16,000 names on the list. Jenks High School has featured 10 or more National Merit Semifinalists in 10 of the last 12 years.

Here are the Class of 2021 Jenks High School students named National Merit Semifinalists:

-Maya Chandwaney

-Mason Chow

-Noah Coffman

-Grace Ea

-Caleb Ford

-Daniel Jacob

-Lily Jiang

-Todd McDoulett

-Julie Naifeh

-Tyler Oakes

-Gracie Shepherd

-Rajita Singh

-Nathan Stephani

-Grant Stuckey

-Maya Vance

-Victor Zhu

These seniors at Jenks High School now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million to 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. According to the National Merit Corporation website, approximately 90% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), 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.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced between April and July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people to earn the Merit Scholar title.

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