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Peoria Unified Congratulates National Merit Semifinalists

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  • Erin Dunsey   |   Peoria Unified School District

The Peoria Unified School District Is Celebrating Seven National Merit Semifinalists From Four Of Its High Schools.

The Peoria Unified School District is celebrating seven National Merit Semifinalists from four of its high schools. Approximately 16,000 students were selected nationally to compete for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships, worth $28 million. Less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide are chosen as semifinalists. To be chosen as a semifinalist, high school juniors have to score exceedingly well on the Preliminary SAT/National Qualifying Test. Finalists are chosen in the spring.

This year’s National Merit Semifinalists from Peoria Unified include:

Centennial High School

Ephraim Joel Esmas

Ironwood High School

Chelston Juntilla

Liberty High School

Samantha Randolph

Sunrise Mountain High School

David Salazar

Jacob Simpson

Annabelle Tran

Madilyn Williams

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship or the National Achievement Scholarship Program, visit

For information on the Peoria Unified School District,  visit

Peoria Unified School District is nestled in the Northwest Valley of Peoria, Arizona and is home to 42 stellar public schools that are unique and created to fit the needs of all students. Peoria Unified is the choice district for more than 37,000 +students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona. The district has signature programs spread out between 34 kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary schools and eight high schools that excel in academics, arts, athletics and Career and Technical Education programs. The Strategic Plan outlines a laser focus on four key areas: Student Success, Safety and Well-Being, Stewardship of Community Resources and Community Connection. Above all, Peoria Unified is committed to transparency, parent involvement and ensuring that “Every Student, Every Day is Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.”