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Glencliff, Hume-Fogg, MLK and NSA all have National Merit Scholar semifinalists!

The school year is barely a month old, but student awards are already rolling in... 19 Metro students have been named National Merit Scholar semifinalists, putting them well on their way to earning one of the top academic honors in the entire country.

They were chosen from among 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who took the PSAT last year. The PSAT is a test students have to choose to take, so the scoring is very competitive. Scoring well enough to be a National Merit Scholar semifinalist is a huge accomplishment.

These 19 students will now move on in the competition, where officials from National Merit will look at their applications, academic record, extra curricular activities, leadership roles and more. They will also have to write an essay and get an endorsement from a leader in their school. After all that they will have to take the real deal SAT and score well enough to advance to the finalist round.

It takes a lot of work, but the payoff is worth it. In the spring and summer, 7,400 students will win National Merit Scholarships worth a combined $32 million. Last year 20 Metro students won National Merit Scholarships, National Achievement Scholarships and College-sponsored National Merit Scholarships.

Congratulations to these students, and good luck in the spring!

Glencliff High School

  • Davis Truong

Hume-Fogg Magnet High School

  • Arthur Eff
  • David Feng
  • Varun Gudibanda
  • Adella Kuster
  • Caleb Obregon
  • Saba Rehman
  • Jacob Vest
  • Jonathan Warkentin

Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School

  • Matthew Bray
  • Elom Dumenyo
  • Lillian Ekem
  • Dylan Folsom
  • Matthew Jones
  • Alexander Staggs
  • Tahj Starr
  • April Townson
  • Xiuya Yao

Nashville School of the Arts

  • Blake Skelton