Fourteen Davis Senior High School seniors have been selected as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Semifinalists are Kevin Anderson, Thasos Athens, Tianyu Chu, Amanda Glazer, Amy Jiang, Murtaza Khan, Vivian Kuperberg, Margaret Lawson, Robert Li, Brandon Lin, James Millstone, Han-ah Sumner, Yimin Yang and Jasmine Zhou.
In addition, DHS senior Tia Jackson is a semifinalist in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for black American high school students.
Nationwide, more than 160,000 high school juniors requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Program when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Nationwide, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were announced. These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit scholarships, worth $35 million, that will be offered next spring.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Program by taking the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
The next step for semifinalists is to fulfill requirements to advance to finalist standing. To become finalists, they must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance.
Approximately 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, and it is from this group that all National Merit scholarship winners will be chosen.