W.T. Clarke High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

W.T. Clarke High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists photo
Seniors Pantho Sayed and Aashini Shah from W.T. Clarke High School have been recognized as being among the nation’s 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  

Approximately 1.6 million students entered the competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are determined based on their combined scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing.

To reach finalist standing, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application including their academic record, participation in extracurricular activities and community engagement, leadership ability, employment, and record of honors and awards. They must also achieve an SAT score equivalent to their PSAT score, maintain their superlative academic performance, and receive a recommendation from a high school official.

In February, 15,000 semifinalists will advance as finalists for the chance to win a National Merit Scholarship in the spring.

The district congratulates Pantho and Aashini on achieving this tremendous honor and wishes them the best of luck as they continue in the competition.