Webster Central School District recently announced that two Webster Schroeder High School seniors, Daniel Ye and Selena Zhang, were honored as 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists.
These Webster CSD seniors were among 16,000 semifinalists named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Ye and Zhang now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in spring 2018.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. About 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.
Webster CSD also congratulates nine additional seniors that have been named commended students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. A letter of commendation from Webster Schroeder and Webster Thomas high schools and National Merit Scholarship Corporation was presented to Viknesh Baskar, Taran Bauer, Cole Easton, Henry Edmondson, Caitlin Glastonbury, Kyle Mueller, Krystina Szylo and Kevin Thompson, of Webster Schroeder High School; and Connor Manley, of Webster Thomas High School.