From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Two Hewitt-Trussville High School seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists on Wednesday, September 15.
Juliana Eberhardt and Judson Upchurch will be joining some 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program for 2022. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $30 million that will be offered next spring.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Approximately 95% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The Semifinalist represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors of the highest-scoring applicants in each state. The Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application to become a Finalist. In addition, they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.