Centennial High School is proud to share that five of its students have earned the prestigious level of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The Centennial students — Andrew Duffy, Chloe LeCates, Kayley Olewicz, Anise Overton and Emma Sweigart — are in the nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

How do students earn this distinction? The initial hurdle is to be one of the highest scoring entrants in each state on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

“I am very pleased to congratulate our five Semifinalists on this prestigious distinction,” said Centennial Principal Kibbey Crumbley. “I know I speak for their counselors as well when I say the sky is truly the limit for each of them. These students have a very bright future ahead and I am eager to see what decisions they make as they finish out their senior year!”

Across the country, approximately 16,000 seniors will be nominated for the scholarships. It is estimated that 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.

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