Students Advance in National Merit Competition
THS, SHS Students Advance
Posted on 02/22/2017
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February 2017 – The Glendale Union High School District is pleased to announce that this year’s 2017 National Merit Semifinalists have advanced to the Finalist standing!

In September, it was announced that seniors Makenna Lockwood and Jake Dean of Sunnyslope High School, and Steven Graham of Thunderbird High School, achieved the National Merit Semifinalist level. This month it was announced that all three students have advanced to the Finalist Scholar level.
                       Stephen Graham    Jake Dean    Makenna Lockwood

Merit scholars are chosen every year beginning in September from a pool of 1.5 million entrants from across the United States. Fifty-thousand students are then chosen who have the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores, allowing them to be recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school students compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.

Only about 90 percent of Semifinalists make it to the Finalist standing and half of those students will win a National Merit Scholarship.