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Six Broken Arrow High School National Merit semifinalists attain finalist standing

Top: Kyle Bergwall, Evan Kamriguel, Alexander Kirby; Bottom: Grace Lee, Lydia McNally, Daniel Oh

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

Kyle Bergwall, Evan Kamriguel, Alexander Kirby, Grace Lee, Lydia McNally and Daniel Oh are among approximately 16,000 students from across the nation who qualified and are some of the highest scoring students in the state of Oklahoma.

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.

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.