The 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program aims to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence by providing scholarship funds to outstanding students.
The district seniors named as semifinalists are:
Gabrielle Hodge from Mesa High
Spencer Knighton and Micaela Merrill from Mountain View High
Heather Jensen, Joshua Schomaker and Ethan Smith from Red Mountain High
Brian Lynch from Skyline High
Gordon He from Westwood High
These students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.
Less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide are eligible, and over 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing.
(Pictured: Top (L to R): Hodge, Knighton, Merrill, Jensen. Bottom (L to R): Schomaker, Smith, Lynch, He. Photos by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)
Information courtesy of National Merit Scholarship Corporation