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Four Wylie ISD Students Recognized as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists 

Sept. 14, 2021

Wylie ISD is proud to announce four high school seniors were recently recognized as National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP).

NMSP is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships, and approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year. Students are entered into the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which typically occurs in the fall of their junior year. The preliminary test serves as an initial screen of program entrants. NMSC uses the PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores to determine the 50,000 high-scoring participants who qualify for program recognition. Of those 50,000, approximately 16,000 students are named Semifinalists. Semifinalists make up less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Wylie High School

Nathanael Berhane
Nathanael Berhane
(Tibbals Elementary, Draper Intermediate, Cooper Junior High)
Devin Chaky
Devin Chaky
(Smith Elementary, Draper Intermediate, Cooper Junior High)
Christopher Holloway
Christopher Holloway
(Smith Elementary, Davis Intermediate, McMillan Junior High)
Wendy Wu
Wendy Wu
(Draper Intermediate, Cooper Junior High)

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 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.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has recognized students across the country for their academic achievement through the NMSP since 1955.