HCHS Student National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist |
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HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Houston County High School senior Willa Wang has been chosen as a Semifinalist in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors make it to the semifinalist stage.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 students today. Wang will continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million to be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the next level. To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by the principal and earn a high SAT score. 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, earning the Merit Scholar title.
The National Merit Scholarship Program and National Achievement Scholarship Program are annual academic competitions which offer high school students the opportunity to earn recognition and scholarships. Students enter the Merit Program by taking the PSAT during their junior year. A selection index based on verbal, math and writing test scores is used by the NMSC to initially screen more than one million students to select high scorers for recognition. The first national Merit competition was in 1956. The Achievement Program, which honors outstanding black students, began in 1964.
Houston County High School is located at 920 Highway 96 in Warner Robins. For more information, contact Principal Dr. Michelle Masters at 478-988-6340 or visit the NMSC website at www.nationalmerit.org.