National Merit Program Honors 24 Owls

The 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized 24 Owls, which is 23 percent of the senior class.

Thirteen seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists – the highest number of recipients among independent schools in the Memphis area. The Semifinalists are Graham Boswell, Benjamin Freeman, Eli Gruen, Omkar Hosad, Jackson Howell, Jeremy Jacobs, Liam Kaltenborn, Brad Kerkhof, Jackson Moody, Rick Reinhard, Bobby Wade, Mason Williams, and Chang Yu.

They are among 16,000 U.S. students, or less than 1 percent of U.S. seniors, honored as Semifinalists for their outstanding academic promise. They now compete for some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered beginning in the spring.
About 90 percent of U.S. Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of those will win Merit Scholar titles and financial awards. The number of Semifinalists is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

The school’s 11 National Merit Commended students, some of whom missed the threshold to advance to the Semifinalist level by as little as one point, are Mack Bethell, Jack Eason, Marshall Jones, Barry Klug, Aidan Lonergan, William Miller, Javan Smith, Jon Staffel, Matthew Temple, Nalin Verma, and Jason Wang.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

(1/2) National Merit Semifinalists pictured, front two rows, from left, are Bobby Wade, Graham Boswell, Omkar Hosad, Liam Kaltenborn, Chang Yu, Jackson Howell, Brad Kerkhof, Mason Williams; back row, Eli Gruen, Jackson Moody, Jeremy Jacobs, Benjamin Freeman, and Rick Reinhard.

(2/2) National Merit Commended students pictured, front row, from left, are Marshall Jones, Matthew Temple, Jason Wang, Jon Staffel; back two rows, Jack Eason, Barry Klug, Nalin Verma, Mack Bethell, and Javan Smith.

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