Thunderbird seniors

Thunderbird senior Jessica Zylstra, left, and Sunnyslope senior Alexis Hatch are Merit Scholar semifinalists. (Photo courtesy GUHSD)

By GUHSD Staff

GUHDS governing board 2020 National Merit semifinalists 

The Glendale Union High School District governing board recognized its two 2020 National Merit semifinalists at its Sept. 18 board meeting. This year’s semifinalists include Sunnyslope senior Alexis Hatch and Thunderbird senior Jessica Zylstra. The semifinalists attended a special recognition reception at the district office and received a certificate of achievement from the GUHSD governing board.

National Merit semifinalists are selected every September from 1.6 million entrants across the United States. Out of the 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores, approximately 16,000 high academically performing high school students are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the prestigious Merit Scholar title. Winners can receive one of three different types of National Merit Scholarships including the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship, corporate-sponsored scholarship and college-sponsored scholarship.

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