National Merit Semifinalist

October 7, 2022

Last year, Juniors took the PSAT during the fall in order to earn the chance to be a National Merit Semifinalist.  Students who score in the top 1% in their state are named a Semifinalist. The year’s National Merit Semifinalist title goes to those as follows: Sloan Berry,  Josh Bowman, Carson May, Sara McGahey, Abigayle Phillips, Andy Tran, Addy Wheat.  The title is an honor that requires intense hard work and dedication. These students are now able to apply for the finalist position along with receiving scholarships as a Semifinalist.  

Students who score in the top 3%-4% are named Commenced Scholars.  Congratulations to Caprilla Coggins, Gabriel Fredrick, Will Rich, and Tyler Rodrigue for this achievement! 

During an interview conducted by our Editor, Addy Wheat revealed that she was excited and thankful for her family for supporting her when she was named a Semifinalist.  When asked, “What does it mean to be a semifinalist?”, she said, “To me, it’s the result of a lot of hard work that I’ve put in. It means a lot to me, and I’m really excited for this opportunity.” Furthermore, she revealed that in order to become a finalist, one must submit an application to National Merit, which also requires you to submit an essay. A principal recommendation and also turn in a transcript is also needed. The National Merit officers will then receive the application and determine whether one is accepted to become a finalist. 

Northwest Rankin High School is proud to have these diligent and hard-working students represent the student population. Once more, congratulations to all these students for this amazing honor! 



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