National Merit Finalists Announced

National Merit Finalists Announced
Posted on 03/11/2021
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News Release
For Immediate Release
Boise School District Announces
´╗┐National Merit Finalists
Boise, ID -- (03/11/2021) -- Officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of Boise School District students selected as Finalists in the 66th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
 
A total of 20 students from the Boise School District have been selected as Finalists. They are pictured below in alphabetical order.
Willem Baldiga
Boise High School
Corrina Berger
Timberline High School
Jessica Byres
Timberline High School
Lucy Coleman
Timberline High School
Daniel Duan
Timberline High School
Anna Egbert
Timberline High School
Leonard Eppich
Timberline High School
Korbin Hansen
Timberline High School
Nathaniel Hartman
Capital High School
Katherine Hill
Capital High School
Audrey Huang
Boise High School
Samantha Jamison
Boise High School
Katherine Kitsinger
Capital High School
Ethan Lahaug
Timberline High School
Sawyer McCloskey
Capital High School
Veronica Richmond
Boise High School
Hyrum Smith
Borah High School
Chase Thuleen
Timberline High School
Emma Wells
Timberline High School
Ben Zuckerman
Boise High School
This past Fall, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that a total of 23 students from the Boise School District (the most of any Idaho school district) were selected as Semifinalists, which represents 29% of Idaho's total number of 2021 National Merit Semifinalists (79). That's an impressive showing considering Boise School District enrolls approximately 9% of the public school students in Idaho.
 
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. More than 90 percent of the Semifinalists were expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
 
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.
 
These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered this spring. Last September, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation issued a news release with the names of the Boise School District students and the other Idaho students selected as National Merit Semifinalists.