DeSoto County Schools has released a list of National Merit semifinalist students in the district’s high schools. The students are eligible for scholarship money through the National Merit Scholarship Program, or NMSC.
According to its website, there are approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual program.
“These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring,” the website reads. “To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.”
There are 25 students on the semifinalist list from DeSoto County Schools. Lewisburg has the most number of students that reached semifinalist level with eight.
The students are listed here by school:
Zach Medlin (Mississippi School for Math and Science)
Elizabeth “Jayne” Salyards