Two Waukee High School Students Named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program on September 11. Waukee High School is proud to have two seniors, Nathan DeGraaf and Ashley Young, qualify for the competition.
These academically-talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.
Since 2010 twelve Waukee High School students have been named National Merit Finalists. For Nathan and Ashley, qualifying as a Semifinalist was a goal that started last year when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSATINMSQT®).
To become a Finalist, Nathan and Ashley will need to work with their high school counselors to submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their 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 scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Both Nathan and Ashley are planning to advance to the next level with hopes of becoming a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.