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CCSD Students Honored as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Thirty-seven students from the Cherry Creek School District are among 16,000 students nationwide who have been named 2012 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $34 million, which will be awarded next spring.
The Cherry Creek School District National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are:
From Cherry Creek High School
• Katherine Armstrong
• Erik Berg
• Matthew Blumberg
• Erica Bolton
• Izaak Branch
• Stephen Chen
• Howard Clark
• Sanjay Derbyshire
• Jackson Galloway
• Robert Herbst
• Lucas Heyse
• Rachel Hoffman
• Kyler Hu
• Walter Idlet
• Samantha Kagan
• Tae Kim
• Dylan Letzler
• Katie McGee
• Claire O'Connell
• Benjamin Ribovich
• Tasha Schoenstein
• Diane Schulze
• Ari Tandler
• Lindsey Weber
• Matthew Westfall
• Bruce Zheng
• Daniel Zheng
From Grandview High School
• Emily Baade
• Jacquelyn Combellick
• Steven Hays
• Kevin Huang
• Arif Moktader
• Graham Rowe
• Claire Swingle
From Smoky Hill High School
• Kelsey Crocker
• Yangzi He
• Megan Litschewski
The 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists were selected from 1.5 million high school juniors who took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents 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.
Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  They must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the students earlier performance on the qualifying test.  The Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.
About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.  2012 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced next spring.
Posted 10/26/2011 2:05 PM
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