All Five GUHSD National Merit Semifinalists Advance to Finalist Standing

All Five GUHSD National Merit Semifinalists Advance to Finalist Standing
February 2012- Of the five GUHSD students chosen as National Merit Semifinalists, all five have advanced to Finalist standing and will now compete with other students from around the country for three types of scholarships. About half of all 15,000 National Merit Finalists will receive these highly coveted monetary awards.

Chris Kaplan of Moon Valley High School; Kelly Kottmer of Sunnyslope High School; and Kent Morrissey, Ender Davis, and Seve De Respino of Thunderbird High School have advanced to Finalist standing by maintaining the same high scores on their SATs that they originally scored on their PSATs. All five will now be in the running for $2500 National Merit Scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, or college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. The latter two vary from a one-time award to a renewable award for four years of undergraduate study. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's website, Finalists are chosen for these scholarships based upon "the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay."

Congratulations to all of these bright individuals.