Scholarship nonprofit reveals National Merit semifinalists


Scholarship nonprofit reveals National Merit semifinalists

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation on Wednesday released the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, including students from Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station, in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 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.

About 90 percent 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.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors i0ndividual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state.

For more information about the competition, visit NMSC’s website at www.nationalmerit.org.

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, 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.

Those who made it to the Finalist level will be notified in February.

Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 Merit Scholarship awards.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

These are the semifinalists from our area:

BRENTWOOD
BRENTWOOD ACADEMY
Bryant, Sarah R.
Jarvis, Kennedy L.

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Brentwood High School’s National Merit Semifinalists. // SUBMITTED

BRENTWOOD H. S.
Dai, Andrew
Devarasetty, Vasudhasri
Fazili, Muhammad H.
Guo, Laura
Huynh, Brandon L.
Jordan, Hayley E.
McNabb, Jackson D.
Pillai, Aditya R.
Shull, Ethan M.
Sundaramoorthy, Deepak
Warkentin, Coby A.
Yuan, Roger L.

RAVENWOOD H. S.
Farmer, Leah
Hamid, Natasha
Jain, Riya
Joseph, Natalie N.
Mi, Kaitlyn L.
Novak, Adam V.
Xiang, Stacey D.
Yarbrough, Chase B.

FRANKLIN

BATTLE GROUND ACADEMY
Blackstone, Elizabeth R.
Clark, Cameron M.

CENTENNIAL H. S.
Brackins, Andrew
DePompei, Murphy N.
Herndon, Margaret L.
Kreider, Molly K.
Sponsel, Christian R.

FRANKLIN H. S.
Brimm, Jack H.
Bryant, Lawton
Davidson, Jason W.
Grove, Timothy B.
Ickes, Janelle M.
McElroy, John F.
Mitchell, Amelia G.
Morrison, Marshall C.
Quiton, Stephen Jon D.

GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Goodman, Rachel A.

FRED J. PAGE H. S.
Jivtode, Tanvi M.
Lifsey, Paxton C.

SPRING HILL
SUMMIT H. S.
de Bassim, Harper L.
Mitchell, Andi L.
Schmidt, Jared R.

THOMPSON’S STATION
INDEPENDENCE H. S.
Coil, Maxwell J.
Smith, Sean C.
VanHorn, Ray

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