Lakota West and Lakota East recently announced its National Merit Finalists. Receiving the honor included seniors Jeffery Back, Ethan Bennett, Christina Clyde, Meghan Gibbons, Sophia Li, Paul Register, Jamie Silva, Abd Alrahman Traboulsi and Jasmine Tuazon.
Approximately 1.5 million students take the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, from which about 8,300 Merit Scholarship winners are determined. In March, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin mailing scholarship offers to winners, based on test scores, overall academic record and recommendations.
Earlier this month, Lakota West seniors Evan Campbell and Marcus Moore were both named finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The scholarship program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding black American high school students. Campbell and Moore entered the competition as high school juniors by taking the 2011 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. Both students were recognized recently at a school board meeting for having achieved semifinalist status in the program.
Of the more than 160,000 students who currently enter the National Achievement Program each year, about one percent are named semifinalists. From that group, about 800 will be selected as finalists to receive National Achievement Scholarships.