Sixteen Fayetteville High School seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition. This is the second largest number of Semifinalists at FHS in school history.
The seniors are (front row, left to right): Ryan Kim, Abby Hollis, Lucas Bellaiche, Meagan Olsen, Stephanie Beitle, Ruby Erickson, Winson Chee, Jack Meullenet. (Back row): Albert Xu, Cole Spencer, Rachel McCann, Kyle Jiang, Sam Schach, Carl Stevens, David Freeman, Steven Du.
“I am so proud of the performance of our seniors,” said Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt. “Yet again FHS students are setting the standard for academic performance in the state and region. One in every thirty-eight seniors at FHS this year is a National Merit Semifinalist. Wow!
“That incredibly impressive statistic is a direct reflection of the teamwork between our outstanding faculty throughout the district and our strong parental support. I want to congratulate and recognize with appreciation every district teacher and staff member. This achievement is a reflection of the passion and dedication of every teacher, from pre-K through 12th grade.”
“The fact we have 16 National Merit Semifinalists at FHS can be attributed to these student’s commitment to learning and academic achievement, parent support in their endeavors, and to the many Fayetteville Public Schools teachers who have contributed to the learning experiences of these students,’ said FHS principal Dr. Chad Scott. “I am thankful for each of these students for helping continue the rich legacy of high academic achievement at Fayetteville High School.”
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. About 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing.