The program named about 16,000 semifinalists for the 2012 awards. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a scholarship, the semifinalists must advance to the finalist round by meeting several requirements, including having an outstanding academic record throughout high school, being endorsed by the high school principal and earning SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the test that qualified them as semifinalists. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level. Merit scholar winners will be selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
The winners of the 2012 National Merit Scholarships will be announced in the spring.
The WCSD National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are:
• Anne Stachofsky (Galena High School)
• Patrick Murray (Incline High School)
• Jenna Sims and Douglas Yan (McQueen High School)
• Patrick Briggs, Connor Dayton, Jake Eriksen, Lucas Gallo, Nathaniel Haas, Erika Root and Andrea Sanford (Reno High School)
• Joseph Smith (Spanish Springs High School)
• Jacob Fisk and Sherrianna Scott (Truckee Meadows Community College High School)
• Lily Daylami, Brigitte Hankins, Baillie Stewart and Jasmine Trinh (Wooster High School)