Magnolia ISD 2017 National Merit Students

The semifinalists represent the highest-scoring entrants (top 1% in the nation) on the PSAT/NMSQT in each state. These academically talented high school students were selected from approximately 16,000 semifinalists and now qualified to be considered for 7,500 Merit Scholarships worth a total of about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. The semifinalists and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application which includes information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment as well as honors and awards received. A semifinalist also must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Seven students from Magnolia ISD were also named 2017 Commended Scholars. These students are considered to be the top 3% in the nation. They are Yu (Leon) Liu from Magnolia West High School, and from Magnolia High School Sunny Brittain, Jordan Griffin, Carol Pettijohn, Ryan Schulze, Aksel Sjogren, Lucy Stinn and Brady Wilkins.

Jonathan Herrera from Magnolia High School was also named in this year’s National Hispanic Recognition Program. This program was initiated in 1983 to identity outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year the program recognizes the students who scored in the top 3% of all Hispanic/Latino students who took the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).

Congratulations to all of these students!

PHOTO: (left to right) Dr. Brandon Garza, Leon Liu, Jonathan Herrera, Lucy Stinn, Akel Sjogren, Ms. Mandi Ray, Dr. Ben Petty and Dr. Mike Metz.