The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced seven Mesa Public Schools seniors were named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide are eligible.
The district semifinalists are:
- Zachary O’Bryant from Mesa High.
- Mark Merrill from Mountain View High.
- Whitnee Forest, Ashlyn Laird, Courtney Tetlow and Trinity Wolff from Red Mountain High.
- Jessica Yan from Westwood High.
According to the sponsoring organization, these academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.