Congratulations to Josh Clarendon and Collin Gentry from Central High School, who have progressed to National Merit Finalists. Both were named Semifinalists earlier in the year and completed an extensive application to progress onward in the National Merit Competition.
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 —which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
About 50,000 students who receive the highest scores are recognized by National Merit, 16,000 qualify as Semi-Finalists and about 15,000 go on to become Finalists, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. From here, about 7500 students will go on to receive National Merit Scholarships.