Frisco ISD high schools are proud to announce that 46 members of the graduating Class of 2017 have been named National Merit Semifinalists.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) – a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.
In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.
NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist.
The number of National Merit Semifinalists in Frisco ISD has more than tripled since 2012. Congratulations to this year’s Semifinalists:
Centennial High School
Frisco High School
Heritage High School
Independence High School
Eun Kyo Chung
Liberty High School
Yi Hu “Bill” Wang
Lone Star High School
Wakeland High School
Charles D. Fortenberry
Prajwal P. Gowda
More than 100 additional students were Commended for their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, but do not continue in the scholarship competition.