Baylor seniors (pictured, left to right) Jack Holcombe, Jackson Collette, Lingham "Isabella" Kong, and Ryker von Klar have been named semifinalists in the 64th National Merit Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, joining an elite group of over 80 Baylor students named National Merit semifinalists since 2007.
"We are truly proud that these young people sustain Baylor's long legacy of National Merit Semifinalist recognition," said Baylor Headmaster Scott Wilson. "It is a privilege to work with such talented students, at every grade level, every day."
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 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.
In addition, eight Baylor seniors have been named NMSC Commended Students. Olivia Bettis, Jeremy Brien, Lexie Edwards, Elizabeth Hayslett, Miles Kadrie, Greyson Linderman, Andrew Pace, and Lily Zabel placed among the top 50,000 scorers nationwide who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Nationally, they join some 34,000 Commended Students throughout the U.S. who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.