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3 seniors named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

From left: Bazil, Faith, and Warren.

Three seniors at Ottawa Hills High School have been named 2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. Congratulations to Bazil Frueh, Warren Goik, and Faith Seo.
They and the other national Semifinalists announced today represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and include the highest-scoring entrants in every state. Every Semifinalist is now eligible to become a Finalist, which is the stage at which awards are given. About 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million will be awarded next spring.
“We are extremely proud of these students for obtaining such a notable national honor,” said Ben McMurray, principal of Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School. “They are excellent students and role models who have excelled in and out of the classroom.”

“This is one among a number of accomplishments these students have achieved,” said Jennifer Nagy, college guidance counselor at the high school. “They are excellent ambassadors of the Ottawa Hills community.”

Bazil, Warren, and Faith entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program as juniors by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. That test served as an initial screen of program entrants.

From the 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level (to be announced in February 2022) by completing an additional series of steps and actions. All National Merit Scholarship winners are selected from this group of Finalists on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships are available in the spring of 2022:

  • 2,500 National Merit Scholarships ($2,500 each) awarded on a state-representational basis.
  • About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards from about 220 corporations and business organizations. These awards are for Finalists who meet specific criteria (children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located).

  • About 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship Awards for those who will attend one of the 180 sponsoring institutions.

  • Student Achievement