Jenks High School Qualifies 18 Students as National Merit Semifinalists in Class of 2022

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the semifinalists for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, and 18 students from Jenks High School are among the 16,000 names on the list. Jenks has now qualified 10 or more National Merit Semifinalists in 11 of the last 13 years. The JHS students account for nearly 10% of all National Merit Semifinalists in the state of Oklahoma.

The Jenks High School students named National Merit Semifinalists from the Class of 2022 are: Grant Adamson, Trace Burchart, Kayla Cao, Kyndall Cook, Sophia Guy, Emilio Hoover, Brandon Isaac, Viranda Kwok, Chantal Le, Seinna Leach, Micah Miles (Class of ’21), Nicholas Morris, Jasmine Moss, Sreeja Ponnam, Haeyn Seo, Maya Sous (Class of ’21), Ryan Williams, and Ignacio Yockers.

These academically talented seniors at Jenks High School now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million to be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. According to the National Merit Corporation website, approximately 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Over 1.6 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 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.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced between April and July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 362,000 other distinguished young people to earn the Merit Scholar title.

Founded in 1908, Jenks Public Schools, located in Jenks, Oklahoma, is a suburban district consisting of approximately 12,500 students and 1,600 employees. Embracing a tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow, Jenks Public Schools is committed to the shared responsibility of preparing all learners for productive, responsible citizenship in an ever-changing world.