Friendswood High School had five students named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition.
This competition evaluates the scores high school students (not exceeding their junior year) receive on their Preliminary SAT (PSAT) / National Merit Qualifying Test (NMQT) to create a selection index score. This score is calculated by doubling the sum of the reading, writing and language, and math test scores.
Of the 1.6 million entrants, only 16,000 of the top-scoring students are selected to advance to the next round of being a semifinalist.
The FHS semifinalists are Fedor S. Aglyamov, Nicholas R. Ess, Kyle A. Flick, Thomas A. Hamre and Benjamin E. Kuo.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition to be one of the 7,500 finalists selected to receive a scholarship next spring. Last Spring, approximately 8,800 National Merit Scholarships worth $42 million were given out to students across the nation.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMNSC) is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 410 independent sponsors and higher education institutions that share the NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be notified beginning in March and continuing to mid-June 2019.
The five FHS students will be recognized and honored at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Friendswood ISD School Board for being named National Merit Semifinalists.