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Two NHS Seniors National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Two NHS Seniors National Merit Scholar Semifinalists
Posted on 09/27/2017
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Two Nampa High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Matthew Kocina and Natalie Reece qualified by taking the 2016 PSAT during the last school year and can now compete for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be awarded nationwide next spring, worth more than $32 million.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the 2016 PSAT; only 16,000 were named semifinalists. 

To become finalists, Kocina and Reece will need to work with Nampa High School to submit a scholarship application detailing their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and awards and honors received. They must demonstrate an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and do well on their SAT. National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the pool of finalists.

Scholarships are underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Program and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions.