National Merit Semifinalists

Two GVHS Seniors Are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Posted on 09/21/2022
Seniors Carmen Myers and Evan Reich

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program and two Grain Valley High School seniors have received this outstanding recognition. Semifinalists Carmen Myers and Evan Reich have the opportunity to continue the competition for the 7,250 National Merit Scholarship worth nearly $28 million that will be awarded in the spring.


Of the 1.5 million entrants representing 21,000 high schools in this academic competition, these two distinguished individuals are among approximately 16,000 students nationwide to achieve this honor. They entered the competition as high school juniors by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen for program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. They are now qualified to compete for a share of 7,250 National Merit Scholarships, collectively worth more than $28 million, and advance to the Finalist standing. The Finalists will be announced in the spring.


"Over the last 15 years, Grain Valley High School has had a half dozen National Merit Semi-Finalists and more than a dozen Commended Students" says Grain Valley High School Principal, Dr. Jeremy Plowman. "For the first time in school history, multiple students were named National Merit Semi-Finalists in the same year: Evan Reich and Carmen Myers!", Plowman exclaims. "They represent everything we have been preaching since Dr. Mulvey became principal of the high school in 2007. They excel in multiple sports and activities throughout the year. Each has taken the most rigorous academic classes available."


Grain Valley Schools couldn't be more proud to congratulate Carmen Myers and Evan Reich! 

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