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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Two Highlands Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Katie Wilson. 

Highlands High School seniors Katherine (Katie) Wilson and Logan Walsh have been named Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Logan Walsh. 

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year. Some 50,000 entrants qualify for program recognition, and approximately 8,500 outstanding students receive scholarships for college undergraduate study. The awards, valued at about $39 million, are underwritten by NMSC® with its own funds and by several hundred corporate organizations and higher education institutions. 

Meet Ethan and the team.

Students enter the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a commended student or semifinalist. More than two-thirds receive letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise, and approximately one-third are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. By achieving National Merit Finalist standing, students qualify for significant college scholarships. 
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships established in 1955. For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website at

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