Sophia Taylor is A National Merit Semi-Finalist

Sophia Taylor is A National Merit Semi-Finalist
Posted on 09/26/2019
Sophia TaylorOne Phoenixville High School student was selected as part of the elite group, which is chosen from a pool of 1.5 million students.

PHOENIXVILLE, PA — One Phoenixville High School students has been named a semi-finalist for the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The semi-finalists were announced on Wednesday and include approximately 16,000 high-school seniors that will go on to compete for the scholarships that will be offered next spring.  Phoenixville's semifinalist is Sophia N. Taylor.

How are students chosen as National Merit semi-finalists? Students do not actually apply in this first round. All juniors are automatically enrolled when they take the PSATs; a score above 212 earns them National Merit "commended" recognition. That is about 50,000 of the highest-scoring students in the nation.

From there, the semi-finalists are further winnowed down by state, and the number per state is in proportion to a state's population. Over 90 percent of the semi-finalists will be named as finalists for the scholarship. Of those finalists, about half will win a scholarship.
Students will find out in February whether they make it to the finalist stage. The scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April 2020.

Article from the Phoenixville Patch
By Justin Heinze, Patch Staff
Sep 11, 2019 12:52 pm ET

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1 Semi-Finalist: Sophia Taylor
5 Commended: Ryan Aclan, Matthew Lecates, Nathan McMullan, Sophia Taylor
Anthony Zheng

Commended Nat. Merit
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