Atlanta Girls’ School senior Jenny Russ has been recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist. She earned this recognition with an outstanding performance on the PSAT she took as junior. Only 16,000 students nationally have been named National Merit Semifinalists, who are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states and comprise less than one percent of each state’s seniors.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Program’s press release, “These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. 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 more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2016 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.”