All 27 seniors from four schools in the Tempe Union High School District, who were selected last fall as 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, have now been named 2017 National Merit Finalists. The finalists include students from Desert Vista, Corona del Sol, McClintock and Mountain Pointe.
The winners of Merit Scholarship awards will be chosen from the group of finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. There are an estimated 7,500 National Merit Scholarships available. The total worth is about $33 million. Each of the finalists also receives an official certificate signifying their status as a finalist.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the pool of Semifinalists, about 16,000 students nationwide, represented less than one percent of United States high school seniors. They students were required to have outstanding academic records throughout high school, demonstrated leadership abilities, participation in school and community activities. They also had to be recommended by the school principal, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirmed the students’ earlier performances on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
TUHSD’s 2017 National Merit Scholarship Finalists
McClintock High School:
Mountain Pointe High School:
Corona del Sol High School:
Desert Vista High School:
Sang Bo Yoon