Six B.A. Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Six Broken Arrow High School students have been named as this year’s National Merit Semifinalists for their prestigious academic accomplishments. Simon Blair, Noah Higgins, William Martin, Kurt Nguyen, Brady Read and Nicholas York are among approximately 16,000 students from across the nation who have qualified for this honor and are some of the highest scoring students in Oklahoma. 
“Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is one of the greatest academic accomplishments a high school student can achieve,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Vinson said. “The level of hard work and commitment they have shown is admirable and a source of inspiration for our younger students.” 
Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program is a long-standing academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of nearly 1.5 million entrants each year. 
From there, 16,000 semifinalists are chosen. Every year in February, 15,000 finalists are chosen based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.
From March to mid-June, approximately 8,000 students will be selected to receive a scholarship award, which includes National Merit Scholarships as well as corporate- and college-sponsored scholarships. 

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TOP STUDENTS: B.A. National Merit Semifinalis are, front row from left, Kurt Nguyen, William Martin and Brady Read. Back row from left, Nicholas York, Simon Blair and Noah Higgins.