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April 19, 2024

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SCS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Six talented SCS high schoolers are semifinalists for the prestigious scholarship.

Sumner County Schools (SCS) is excited to announce the names of its National Merit Semifinalists. Less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors qualified for this prestigious honor, and they have an opportunity to continue in the competition for more than 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million.

SCS congratulates the following National Merit Semifinalists:

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Ryutaro Bath – Hendersonville High School

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Jack Seger – Hendersonville High School

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(L-R) Colin Francel, Sophie Bricker, (Standing) Nick Keller – Merrol Hyde Magnet

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George Boyt – Sumner County Middle College High School

High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

From over 16,000 Semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

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