The NMSP included 1.6 million original entrants from more than 50,000 high schools nationwide. In addition to Cong’s honor, six others from the two Mead School District high schools were named Commended Scholars. Among the NMSP’s 34,000 commended scholars, Mt. Spokane High School’s Derek Borst and Mead High School’s Joshua Demant, Madison Ediger, Bryan Evans, Jillian Holbrook and Nathan Nguyen were each recognized for their outstanding academic achievements.
According to the NMSP, semifinalists now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
For the full NMSP press release and more information on the scholarship program, click here.