Taylor County High School senior, Weston Young, has been named a semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.
Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools nationwide entered into the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test served as an initial screening process of program entrants. The pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of United States high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
Approximately 15,000 finalists will advance to the final level from the 16,000 semifinalists. Finalists will be announced in February 2018. To become a finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed application that includes the semi-finalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. They must also be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
We are so proud of you, Weston!