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Local Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

A quartet of high school seniors in the Ohio Valley have found themselves on a prestigious academic list.

The four were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.

The group includes John Marshall High School’s Nathaniel Flowers, Brooke High School’s Logan White, Steubenville Catholic Central’s Jack Blake and East Liverpool High School’s Aaron White.

The four are among 16,000 semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million 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. About 95% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing.

Approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the

2020 PSAT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1% 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, providing information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

The students are competing for three different types of National Merit Scholarships — those from the National Merit Scholarship Foundation, a corporate-sponsored scholarship or a college-sponsored scholarship. Winners will be announced in four separate announcements starting in April 2022 and ending in July.

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