Wiltonians named Merit semifinalists

Five Wilton High School students were named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program on Wednesday, Sept. 10 — Jeremy Brewer, Grace Nickel, Kevin Shu, Daniel Xie, and Warrior Word columnist Evaline Xie.

The Wiltonians are five of the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual scholarship program.

As semifinalists, they will have an opportunity to continue competing for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million that will be offered next spring.

Semifinalist must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist level.

Each semifinalist and his or her school must submit a detailed scholarship application that provides the following information:

  • An outstanding high school academic record.
  • School and community activity participation.
  • Demonstration of leadership ability.
  • Employment.
  • Honors and awards received.

Each semifinalist must also have the endorsement and recommendation of a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm his or her earlier performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Approximately 90% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and be named Merit Scholars.