Twenty-seven high school seniors from Edmond area public schools have been named 2019 National Merit Semifinalists — a designation that places them in the top 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.
The prestigious scholastic competition recognizes students for academic success in the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Edmond’s Semifinalists include five from Edmond Memorial High School, six from Edmond Santa Fe High School and 13 from Edmond North High School, while three students have been named from Deer Creek High School in Edmond.
With 24 students named Semifinalists, the Edmond School District has the most 2019 Semifinalists of any public or private school in the state.
“What makes this group of students so extraordinary is not just their academic abilities but also their engagement in activities and special interest groups at their respective schools,” said Superintendent Bret Towne. “Among the 24 students are musicians, athletes, artists and members of FFA, Student Council, and AFJROTC.”
Edmond’s National Merit Semifinalists from North are: Matthew Blair, Erin Carter, Brandon Chenevey, William Clune, Jacob Garbrecht, Noah Gleason, Garridy Hamilton, Kelly Lewis, Sydney Schuppan, William Shorow, Allison Smith, Audrey Stavish, and
Edmond Santa Fe High School Semifinalists are: Ishan Bhanot, Camille Bond, Bradlee Harrison, Connor Lawrence, Nathan Whitehead, and Michael Yu.
Semifinalists from Edmond Memorial High School are: Amanda Baskett, Ryan Danley, Mikita Dzialendzik, Caroline Judd, and
Deer Creek High School, an independent school district in Edmond, has three students named Semifinalists. They are Matt Ivester, Chase Kliewer and Austin White.
Semifinalists Jacob Garbrecht, from Edmond North High School, and Connor Lawrence and Michael Yu from Edmond Santa Fe High School, also received perfect scores on the ACT College Entrance Exam.
“To be named both a National Merit Semifinalist and receive a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam is analogous to hitting a grand slam in baseball," said Edmond Santa Fe Principal Jason Hayes.
He went on to say, “These students will now have their pick of postsecondary colleges and universities at which to further their academic pursuits. I anticipate extraordinary futures for these two fine young men.”
Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for millions of dollars in scholarships. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar award. Many colleges and universities offer comprehensive sizable scholarships to students named Finalists.