Merrol Hyde

Merrol Hyde Magnet School National Merit semifinalists (l-r) Sriman Narain, Travis Rettke, Luke Martin, Dane McBee and Ben Perry.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Five students out of 53 graduating seniors were selected from Merrol Hyde Magnet School (MHMS).  

Luke Martin, Dane McBee, Sriman Narain, Ben Perry, and Travis Rettke have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. 

“We are thrilled that five of our Seniors were chosen for this prestigious designation,” said Darren Frank, MHMS principal. “These gentlemen are students who exhibit excellence in academics, and all have bright futures ahead of them.”

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. 

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.

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