Semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships announced

The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics had 19 semifinalists, which is the single greatest number of semifinalists at any one school in the state.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: September 15, 2011
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Almost 200 students in Oklahoma were named semifinalists Wednesday in the National Merit Scholarship Program that will award the winners more than $34 million in scholarships next spring.

Students voluntarily take the Preliminary SAT their sophomore year, and semifinalists for the national scholarship program are named based on having the top test scores in each state.

Finalists are then selected based on their outstanding academic record in high school, recommendations from principals and a high SAT score.

There are 16,000 semifinalists across the nation and about 15,000 will advance to be finalists and the finalists will compete for a variety of national merit, corporate and university scholarships.

The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, which is a junior and senior public school that admits students from across the state based on academic achievement, was the school with the single-most semifinalists with 19.

Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, which also admits students based on test scores had 15 semifinalists, while Jenks High School had 12.

The three high schools in Edmond Public Schools collectively had 18 semifinalists while Norman Public Schools had 17 semifinalists.

For a complete list of semifinalists and their schools visit www.newsok.com.