Local students named semifinalists in National Merit program

September 19, 2018

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently announced the names of around 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Those scholarships will be offered next spring.

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

More than 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.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2019.

Each finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit Scholarships worth $2,500 that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by about 230 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria.

About 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

Local National Merit Scholarship semifinalists include:

n Dev G. Boylin, Huntington High School

n Christopher N. Gooding, Huntington High School

n Hollyn G. Tao, Huntington High School

n Nicholas C. Bowen, Spring Valley High School

n Ashlyn H. Pechon, Hurricane High School

n Elizabeth A. James, Winfield High School

n Kenneth S. Powell, Winfield High School

n Aaron M. Withrow, Winfield High School

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