The Edmond Sun

September 16, 2013

National Merit Semifinalists total 28 Edmond students

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Local schools announced 26 Edmond students who were recently named as National Merit Semifinalists. Two home-schooled Edmond students also were named.

Eighteen high school seniors from Edmond Public Schools have been named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists, joining some 16,000 academically talented students nationwide being recognized in the annual scholarship program. Two Deer Creek students were named and two students attending Oklahoma School of Science and Math were named.

The Semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth millions of dollars that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Following are a list of the names of each of the Semifinalists and the schools they attend:

• Edmond Memorial High School: Jacob Arnold, Mallory Bowman, Preston Choi, Parker LaMascus, Gregory Melsby, David Milligan and Tyler Robison.

• Edmond North High School: Riley Choquette, Mitchell Ford, Joseph Geatches, Uday Kohl, Gregory Olson and Steve Reiley.

• Edmond Santa Fe High School: Garrett Greenwood, Sarah Helsley, Steven Kappen, Yifan Song and Alexandra Woolsey.

• Edmond Deer Creek High School: Jacob M. Bardell and Grant K. Schatzman.

• Crossings Community School: Derek E. Richards and Shelby C. Wilkinson.

• Heritage Hall: Jeremy T. Nuttall and Jonathan T. Wilson.

• Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics: Christina Jing Yuan, whose home school is Edmond North, and Kang “Amy” Zou, whose home school is Edmond Santa Fe.

• Edmond home schooled students are Jasmine V. Aprile and Kari T. Hall.

The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

From the almost 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and in February they will be notified of this designation.

To become a Finalist, the Semiļ¬nalist and their high school 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.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a nonprofit organization that was established to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and about 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the goal of pursuing academic excellence. For more information, go to www.nationalmerit.org.