2021 National Merit Semifinalists

Governing Board Virtually Celebrates 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Posted on 09/17/2020
National Merit SemifinalistsSeptember 2020 – The Glendale Union High School District is proud to recognize two student semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists include Thunderbird High School seniors Keegan Halvorsen and Elliott St. Clair. To celebrate this prestigious milestone in their academic careers, the semifinalists participated in a virtual celebration during the GUHSD Governing Board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The virtual meeting provided the governing board with the opportunity to learn more about the semifinalists and commend them for this amazing achievement.

Every September, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation selects semifinalists from 1.6 million entrants across the country. Out of the 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores, approximately 16,000 high school students qualify as semifinalists.

From the semifinalists group, some 15,000 students meet the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2021 program, about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the prestigious Merit Scholar title.

Winners may receive one of three different types of National Merit Scholarships including the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship, corporate-sponsored scholarships and college-sponsored scholarships.

Congratulations to GUHSD’s 2021 National Merit Semifinalists.

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Keegan Halvorsen Elliott St. Clair

        Keegan Halvorsen                   Elliott St. Clair