Stamford, CT - Stamford Public Schools announced that three Westhill High School (WHS) students have been named as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Westhill High School Seniors Sarthak Behl, Bailey Paulk and Erica Shaulson are among the top 16,000 students nationwide who earned the honor of semifinalist.
According to NMSC, about 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semi-finalists comprise the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the top-scoring U.S. high school seniors. These academically talented students earned the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered next spring. In order to be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.
According to the NMSC, “using numbers of Semifinalists to compare high schools, educational systems, or states will result in erroneous conclusions. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state.”