Boise School District 2017 National Merit Semifinalists Announced

Half of Idaho's National Merit Semifinalists From Boise School District 

Evanston, Illinois -- (09/13/2016) -- Today, officials from National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of Boise School District students selected as Semifinalists in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  The 47 students from Boise School District selected for this national honor represent 50% of Idaho's total number of 2017 National Merit Semifinalists (95). Boise School District enrolls about 9% of the students in the state of Idaho.

"Only one percent of students nationwide achieve National Merit Semi-Finalist status. The hard work and diligence of these students is paying off. Congratulations to each of our award winners and their families," said Boise Schools Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly. "The Boise School District is committed to providing the advanced, rigorous coursework and highly skilled teachers students need to earn this recognition."

Boise School District students named National Merit Semifinalists are listed below in alphabetical order by last name. These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.   Click here to learn more.

Savannah Armstrong
Borah High School

Caleb Batten
Boise High School
Linnea Boice
Boise High School
Hailey Brookins
Capital High School
Noah Brown Boise High School

Jackson Centeno Boise High School

Joseph Davies Borah High School

Abbey Erwin Boise High School

Shanaya Fox Capital High School

Winston Gee
Boise High School
Elliott Glass
Boise High School
Alexander Hamrick
Timberline High School
Kathryn Hilburn Boise High School

Spencer Hull
Timberline High School
Eleanor Hunt
Boise High School
Kevin Jin
Boise High School
Hyonoo Joo Timberline High School

Garret Katayama
Boise High School
David Kirk
Boise High School
Minji Ko
Boise High School
Samantha Kraus Borah High School

Elizabeth Lee
Boise High School
Daniel Liu
Capital High School
Vincent Ma
Timberline High School
Dennis MacKenzie
Boise High School

Thomas Maloney
Boise High School
Sara Matlock
Boise High School
Anna McClain-Sims
Borah High School 
Samuel McEwan Capital High School

Dalton Miller
Timberline High School
Hannah Mills
Borah High School
Angela Ni
Timberline High School
Hayden Pickard Boise High School

Theodore Ramey
Boise High School
Grace Rosenvall
Capital High School
Jennifer Ryu
Timberline High School
David Shin Timberline High School

Maxwell Smay
Capital High School
Estelle Spanneut
Boise High School
Samuel Standal
Boise High School
Derek Stein Timberline High School

Ivan Vazquez
Capital High School
Paul Vining
Boise High School
Megan Wong
Boise High School
Anne Xia
Boise High School

Andrew Zhang
Capital High School
Henry Zhang
Capital High School 


Steps in the Competition 
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 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. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. 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 through- out 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. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference


News Media Contact:
Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator
Boise School District  
(208) 854-4064
dan.hollar@boiseschools.org  

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