Recognition for National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Seniors at Oakland Tech

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Two Oakland Tech seniors are semifinalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program, with an additional 10 seniors named as NMSP Commended Students. Please join me in congratulating these “scholastic champions” as they complete their senior year at Tech and prepare for higher education.

Ms. Jacqueline Johnson

Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66​ annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

For Oakland Technical High School:

  • Cameron Schofield
  • Benjamin Sommer

These students have earned the opportunity to continue in the competition to become National Merit Scholarship Finalist and recipient of some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

In order to qualify as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, students must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as a high school junior. The highest-scoring entrants in each state are chosen in proportion to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. In total, the Semifinalists are less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

As a Semifinalist, they must advance to Finalist standing before being considered for a Merit Scholarship award. Semifinalist must be fully endorsed by the school principal (or designated school official). Submit a scholarship application that includes information regarding their academic record, extracurricular and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards. Semifinalists must have an exemplary academic record, submit an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program announced that the following Oakland Technical High School students have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program:

  • Bryon Chang
  • Jian Ming Chen
  • Samantha A. Fong
  • Jade A. Foxall
  • Silvia T. Huynh
  • Andy Liu
  • Veronica Liu
  • Ahmed Abdul Rahm A Muhammad
  • Sydney A. Shayne
  • Nadav I. Stamper-Kurn

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program will be presented to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit​ Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

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