Timothy Ablondi, Zachary Arnold, Samuel Cloyd, David Desrochers, Allison Dombek, Jennie (Rachel) Lance, Juan Melendez, Matthew Sweere, Joshua Vines, and Bradley Wickliffe are our 2016 National Merit Semifinalists.
"We are extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments,” says Conway High School Principal Joel Linn. “Having such a high number of Conway students earn National Merit status is a direct reflection of our great student body, teachers, and community support we have in our school district. You can expect to see great things from these students in the future."
These ten students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million dollars. The semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to go on to become a finalist. 90 percent of the semifinalists will attain finalist standing, with half of the finalists winning a merit scholarship.
Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry says these students represent Conway Schools well.
"Our school district continues to produce exceptional scholars who distinguish themselves through accomplishments such as these.” Murry said. "Their recognition is a testament to the incredible work that our teachers, administrators, and staff do each day to prepare our students for their next step in life. All of us are very proud of them.”
The students qualified for this distinction by taking the Preliminary SAT /National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and scoring in the top one percent of the nation. The number of semi-finalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. This year there are approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the nation.