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Metro Schools Students Named 2019 National Merit Semifinalists

Scholarship Program Announces 11 Semifinalists from MNPS

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Sept. 21, 2018) – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that 11 Metro Nashville Public Schools students are semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Semifinalists are chosen based on their score on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The selected students represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The 11 MNPS students are part of a group of approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the country.

These students will have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. The student’s school must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. In addition, the student must have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s performance on the qualifying test.

The 11 MNPS National Merit Semifinalists are:

  • Ella D. Halbert, Hume-Fogg Academic High School
  • Christine L. Li, Hume-Fogg Academic High School
  • Elizabeth G. Riddle, Hume-Fogg Academic High School
  • Sarah T. Sheppard, Hume-Fogg Academic High School
  • Julia An, MLK Jr. Magnet High School
  • Joseph M. Friedman, MLK Jr. Magnet High School
  • Maya R. Johnson, MLK Jr. Magnet High School
  • Boone Kinney, MLK Jr. Magnet High School
  • Katherine G. Reed, MLK Jr. Magnet High School
  • Bryce Troia, MLK Jr. Magnet High School
  • Quinn J. Troia, MLK Jr. Magnet High School

Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.