2021 National Merit Semifinalists

2021 National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/11/2020
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(Sept. 11, 2020) –  Two Central High School seniors have been named 2021 National Merit Semifinalists – James (Jay) Jura and Isabella Weibelt-Smith.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a highly competitive academic program. More than 1.5 million juniors from 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors  includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

James “Jay” Jura is a member of National Honor Society, captain of the Varsity soccer team and is student body treasurer, to name a few of his activities. 

Isabella Weibelt-Smith is a member of National Honor Society, Math club treasurer, Missouri Scholar’s Academy and participates in soccer, cross country and choir, to name a few of her activities. 

To advance to the finalist status, students must submit a scholarship application that includes an outstanding academic record, a recommendation from their schools, an essay and SAT scores that confirm the results of the PSAT.

Three types of scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2021: finalists compete for $2500 scholarships, a corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship award from corporations and business organizations or college sponsored Merit Scholarship for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.  

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