Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced yesterday that Marble Falls High School Student, Wiley Baskin, is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Baskin is among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists from across that Nation to qualify in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
“It is an impressive accomplishment that Wiley achieved the National Merit Semifinalist level,” said Manny Lunoff, Principal of Marble Falls High School. “About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 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.”
To become a Finalist, Baskin will be working with his counselor and Principal to submit a detailed scholarship application, including his academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Baskin must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm his 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 and will be announced in April, 2016.
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