National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced last week the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Los Alamos High School announced that 13 members of the Class of 2017 received the distinction.
The students are: Rose Click, Nicolas Dowdy, Megan Kornreich, Justin Lemke, Opale Shappert, Andrew Tang, Zephram Tripp, Darcy Turin, Jennifer Wang, Wilbur Wang, Michelle Yang and Robert Zhu.
“We are very proud of our 2017 National Merit Semifinalists,” said Principal Brad Parker. “These students are truly a positive reflection of what our school stands for, the dedication of our staff here at Los Alamos High School and the support of their parents, family and friends.”
The seniors can continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth some $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.