14 HCS high school seniors selected as 2020 National Merit Semifinalists

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Fourteen seniors from Grissom High School and Huntsville High School have been selected as National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists for 2020.

Approximately 16,000 students out of over 1.5 million were selected across the U.S. as Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Semifinalists selected represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors and will have a chance to compete for over 7,600 scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered in the spring of 2020.

The Semifinalists from Grissom High School are the following:

  • Arthur Carmack
  • Emily Cowart
  • Patrick Gamble
  • Jacob Greer
  • Amanda McAllister
  • Jennifer McCain
  • Julia Petterson
  • Jiaming Shen

The Semifinalists from Huntsville High School are the following:

  • Bennett Blankeship
  • Ella Burch
  • Anne Forman
  • Kittson Hamill
  • Henry Limbo
  • Thomas Tonsmeire

Students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Scholarship Qualifying Test, with less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors earning the distinction of Semifinalist.

To become a Finalist, each candidate and their school must submit a detailed application that includes records of academics, school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, along with any employment, honors, and awards received. Out of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, around 90% will likely advance to the Finalist level.

This past spring, Alison Hu, a Huntsville City Schools National Merit Finalist, was selected as one of only two Alabama high school students as a U.S. Presidental Scholar for 2019.

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