Jenks High School Announces 20 National Merit Semifinalists
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this week the Semifinalists for the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program, and 20 students from Jenks High School are among the 16,000 names on the list. Jenks has more National Merit Semifinalists than any other high school in Oklahoma and ties the record for the most Semifinalists in JHS history (20 in 2016 and 2017). Jenks has now qualified 10 or more National Merit Semifinalists in 12 of the last 14 years. The JHS students represent more than 10 percent of all National Merit Semifinalists (185) in the state of Oklahoma.
The Jenks High School students named National Merit Semifinalists for 2023 are: Hayden Bertotti, Cora Brown, Aidan Chan, Andreas Chatzigiannidis, Kaden Cherry, Emma Cinocca, Michael Deutscher, Thomas Deutscher, Andrew Ford, Raymond Jiang, Reva Mahajan, Jon Martinsky, Shepard Muckey, Arturo Puigbo, Andrew Pursell, Abeer Shoaib, Zane Smith, Jeremy Song, Daniel Wang, and Anabel White.
These academically talented seniors at Jenks High School now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 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 95 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.
Approximately 1.5 million students from across the country entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 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.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced between March and June. These scholarship recipients will join more than 370,000 other distinguished young people to earn the Merit Scholar title.