The National Merit Scholarship Program has named seven semifinalists who are high school students from Cherokee County.
The semifinalists are as follows: Annabelle Greer from Cherokee High School, Noah Tetpon from Creekview High School, Natasha Ambriz-Villela from Sequoyah High School, Kieran Black from Etowah High School, Laura Gonsoulin from King’s Academy, Bennet Kraus from King’s Academy and Mia McMahill from River Ridge High School.
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.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s 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. For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org.