Baylor seniors (pictured, left to right) Jarrod Vetzel, Hayley Harwood, Grace McKenney, and Andrew Butt have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, joining an elite group of 78 National Merit semifinalists since 2007.
"We are immensely proud of the four students who have earned this national recognition," said Baylor Headmaster Scott Wilson. "They join nearly 80 Baylor alums who have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the last decade, but they would be the first to say that they simply represent a wonderful senior class as a whole."
The students were chosen based on their performance, as juniors, on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and are among the 16,000 highest scorers nationwide of the 1.6 million students who took the test, which evaluates critical reading, math, and writing skills. These academically talented students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.