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All three Broken Arrow High School National Merit semifinalists attain finalist standing

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Jeremie Reese, Gillian LeFevre and Mason Simmons

All three of Broken Arrow High School’s National Merit semifinalists were recently honored as finalists for their prestigious academic accomplishments.

Jeremie ReeseGillian LeFevre and Mason Simmons are among approximately 15,000 students from across the nation who qualified and are some of the highest scoring students in the state of Oklahoma.

“I am incredibly proud of these three students,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “The level of hard work and commitment they have shown is admirable and a source of inspiration for our younger students.”

Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program is a long-standing academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of nearly 1.5 million entrants each year.

From there, 34,000 students are commended and 16,000 semifinalists are chosen. Every year in February, 15,000 finalists are chosen based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.

“Attaining the honor of being named a National Merit Finalist is the culmination of many months and years of hard work on the part of these students and a title which they will be able to carry proudly throughout their lives,” Burns said. “Our school is proud of their accomplishments and will hold their example up to current and future students to show what may be possible when students are willing to work hard and challenge themselves to be their very best."

From March to mid-June, approximately 8,000 students will be selected to receive a scholarship award, which includes National Merit Scholarships as well as corporate- and college-sponsored scholarships.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Competition, please visit www.nationalmerit.org.