Jenks High School Has 14 Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced this week the Semifinalists for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, and 14 students from Jenks High School are among the 16,000 names on the list. Jenks ranks second among all high schools in Oklahoma with 14 Semifinalists and has featured 10 or more National Merit Semifinalists in eight of the last 10 years.
The Jenks High School students named National Merit Semifinalists from the Class of 2019 are: Reagan Anderson, Emma Clary, Ruth Enns, Trent Famuliner, Robert Hare, Daeun Kim, Rajveer Korpe, Alayne Morrel, Sanjeev Musuvathy, Santiago Serrano, Hridaya Shah, Haleigh Thornton, Joseph Turner, and Samuel Yaeger.
These academically talented seniors at Jenks High School now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million to be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. According to the National Merit Corporation website, approximately 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
Over 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of 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.