Congratulations 2017 National Merit Semifinalists

Sunnyslope, Thunderbird students recognized at Governing Board meeting
Posted on 09/22/2016
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September 2016 – The Glendale Union High School District is proud to announce its 2017 National Merit Semifinalist scholars. 

Sunnyslope juniors Makenna Lockwood and Jake Dean, along with Thunderbird junior Steven Graham were named semifinalists this year. They were each presented with a certificate of recognition by the GUHSD Governing Board during its Sept. 21 meeting.

National Merit Semifinalists are chosen every year in September from 1.5 million entrants across the United States. From that figure, 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.