CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Fourteen seniors at Horace Greeley High School have been named semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The semifinalists are Owen Greene, Meaghan Townsend, Michael Hiebert, Eric Wang, Talia Lindner, James Wei, Richard Ma, Lily Woolf, Aryan Malhotra, Timothy Zavarella, Rebecca Schelling, Lan Zhang, Adam Stein and Raymond Zheng
The students were among the 16,000 semifinalists selected nationwide to receive this distinction. To qualify, these students scored among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 scholarship program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
A semifinalist 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 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. 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.
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.