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Congratulations to Metro’s SIX National Merit Semi-Finalists! Click here to read more.


Congratulations to (clockwise from top, left) Eve Rosenblum, Zeve Burton, Junie Bae, Zofie Christian, Matthew Keoshkarian and Joseph Johnson from  Metro Academic & Classical High School who have been selected as semifinalists for the prestigious 2o22 National Merit Scholarship Program.

These students, along with other high school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which was the initial screening 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.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official 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. 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® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

About 15,000 of the approximate 16,000 Semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level. Finalists will be notified in February. 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, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.