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Frisco High School Announces National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students. (Oct., 2006)

Chelsea Drescher and Steven Zhu, both Frisco High School seniors, have been named National Merit Semifinalists, according to Rick Burnett, principal of Frisco High School. The two high scoring students must now keep up their academic progress, complete an essay and follow up on other requirements to be considered for the selection of finalists in this national scholarship program. National Merit Scholarship winners take home a $2,500 scholarship.

Semifinalists represent the highest scoring students in each state to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semifinalists represent 1/3 of the 50,000 students who participate.

Students who perform well on the test but do not make semifinalists are presented with letters of commendation. Frisco High School also had several students qualify as commended students.

Burnett also announced today that Robert Barber, Robert Holton, Nicholas Ibanez and Christopher Stapleton have been named Commended Students in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2007 competition for Merit Scholarship® awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2007 competition by taking the 2005 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“Recognition of academically talented students and the key role played by schools in their development is essential to the pursuit of educational excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “The young people being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding academic potential by their strong performance in this highly competitive program. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and that they will continue to pursue scholastic excellence.