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Seniors Grace Kerr, Katie Liske and Eva Watson have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Program. 

The NMS program is a competition for academic recognition and college scholarships. About 1.5 million juniors entered the 2021 NMS program by taking the 2019 PSAT. 

Those recognized as semifinalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants from each state, and about 15,000 will advance to finalist standing. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official submit a detailed scholarship application that includes 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, and write an essay.

Congratulations to Grace, Katie and Eva who will join the rest of the 16,000 semifinalists in the competition, vying for over 7,600 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the spring.