Five Students Honored as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

GUHSD Recognizes 5 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Congratulations National Merit Semifinalists!

September 2015 – Four students from Sunnyslope High School and one student from Thunderbird High School are semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships this year. Semifinalists

The students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements by the Governing Board members at their Sept. 16 meeting.

The semifinalists from Sunnyslope are Sean Miller, Daniel Sinclair, Linnea Weicht and Madeline Weicht. Thunderbird was represented by Mark Morrissey.

In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers from across the country, are notified that they have qualified as a semifinalist. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis.

To be considered for a National Merit scholarship, students must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The test is based on areas of critical reading, mathematics and writing skills. More than 1.5 million students take the test each year. Students are also required to be enrolled as high school students who are planning to enroll fulltime in college following graduation from high school.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, the semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic requirements. Finalists will be notified in February if they have advanced to this standing.