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HPHS seniors honored as National Merit Semifinalists

HPHS is proud to announce that 14 seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit scholarship competition. More than 1.6 million high school juniors from across the country entered into the program by taking the Preliminary SAT in spring of 2017, and only 16,000 of these students qualified as semifinalists.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one-percent of high school seniors. These students will continue in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's competition for 7,500 scholarships worth $33 million that will be offered in the spring.

"We are honored to have such phenomenal young leaders in our school," HPHS Principal Walter Kelly said. "These scholar students represent a cross-section of our school -- they are involved in community service, UIL academic teams, athletics, music, theater and more. Not only are they incredibly smart, but they each have their own unique passions and interests, and they pour their heart into those activities. These fourteen students are so deserving of this recognition and I could not be prouder to recognize their great achievement."

Highland Park High School's National Merit semifinalists are:
Karen M. Chen
Thomas G. Emerson
Emily P. Greaves
Luke H. Grossman
Matthew C. Hopkins
John P. MacMichael
Braden W. Munn
Sarah G. Orsak
Aaron Pathak
Yash Pathak
Slade H. Sinak
Derek Wu
Michael H. Xie
Albert Zhang
Nationally, approximately 15,000 of the semifinalists are expected to advance to become finalists, and it is from this group that National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in the spring of 2018. Every finalist will compete for one of the $2,500 National Merit scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis.

In addition, some 230 corporations and business organizations will underwrite 1,000 scholarships for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor's employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. Also, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsoring institutions.
The National Merit Corporation will announce scholarship winners for 2018 in four news releases, beginning in April and concluding in July.