Spartanburg Day School seniors Thomas Myers and Lucas Wilson are named among the nation’s top students to be recognized for outstanding academic achievement in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s annual competition.
Myers is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The accolade is based on exemplary performance on the PSAT, which serves as a qualifying test for the National Merit program.
Semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition toward some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be announced next spring. Approximately 95 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and roughly half of finalists will earn a Merit Scholar title.
Wilson was honored as one of 34,000 commended students. Although commended students do not continue in the competition, they are placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the competition.
The National Merit Scholarship Competition is a not-for-profit organization established in 1955 to honor student achievement and encourage academic excellence. National Merit finalists will be announced in February, and scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.