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Seniors Eddie Lambert, Jake Wilcoxen, Mason Bishop, Easton Moore, Hunter Janway, Darren Nguyen and Jacob Matke have been named National Merit Semifinalists this year.

Only 16,000 students across the U.S. become National Merit Semifinalists out of 1.6 million entries. Being a National Merit finalist is a high honor. Finalists could receive a full ride scholarship to many different universities.

“It is a very high honor to be named a National Merit Scholar,” College and Career Counselor Kristin Carr said. “We only have a few from BA each year.  If you are a National Merit Semifinalist or Finalist you are offered very generous scholarship packages from colleges like OU, who would give you the most money possible, and TU would be close to paid for.  It is huge money and opportunity.  There are also other scholarships (through companies, not colleges) that you are applicable for if you are a National Merit Scholar.”

To become a National Merit Semifinalist you have to score top 1% of the people who take the PSAT as a junior. The test is available for juniors in October and the results come in December. The semifinalists are announced in September of the following year.

These students could receive scholarships and if they become finalists then they could receive full-ride scholarships. Students work very had to prepare for the test.

“I studied for the PSAT, attended the PSAT prep camps that were put on for us after school, and took the PSAT during the fall of my junior year,” senior Hunter Janway said.

Many of the semifinalists were surprised to find out they scored high enough.

“I went into the PSAT with a whole lot of confidence, but at the same time I was anxious because I knew I only had one shot,” senior Darren Nguyen said. “After taking the test, I felt really terrible about it. I remember telling my friends that I definitely didn’t score high enough. The day I found out that I had actually scored exceptionally high I was very excited and surprised.”

Being a National Merit semifinalist is a big deal, and Broken Arrow is proud to have seven this year. For information on how to become a National Merit finalist visit HERE.  

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