The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named five Wheatley seniors as Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students earning this prestigious honor are:
- Jakob Gilbert
- Michelle Lin
- Ashley Nussbaum (Graduated early, in August 2016)
As Semifinalists, these students scored in the top one percent of the more than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who entered the program by taking the PSAT last year.
The 16,000 national Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the Finalist level of competition. About 15,000 of the Semifinalists are expected to become Finalists, and approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.
Congratulations and good luck to Jakob, Michelle and Ashley!