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 more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of the 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.
As principal of Valencia High School, I am proud to announce our nine seniors, Joyce Chew, Zoha Jamal, Yoonsik Kim, Julia Lai, Andy Li, Andrew M. Nguyen, Tanya Nguyen, Milan Patel, and Rubin Patel who have qualified as Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Please congratulate them on this notable achievement when you see them.