Nine Conway High School seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists today in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Chloe Baker, Hunter Davis, Matthew Depner, Gopi Lukhi, Madelyn Moss, Catherine Peppers, Tanner Ruth, Noah Smith, and Epifanio Torres-Smith are 2018 National Merit Semifinalists.
“I speak for the entire Conway High School staff when I say we are very proud of this group,” says CHS Principal Jason Lawrence. “We have had a number of semifinalists over the years who have gone on to great things. This group is not only highly intelligent, but they are also involved, personable, and show a strong work ethic. We will see great things from them as well.”
These nine students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 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.
“Our parents and patrons should continue to be impressed with the quantity of National Merit Scholars that are produced by our school district,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry. “It reflects a quality student body that has a focus on academic achievement as well as a teaching staff that does significant work to help these students down their path of outstanding performance.”
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.
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