Reflecting the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s (NMSC) goals of encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence and honoring the nation’s scholastic champions, the NMSC announced that four Webb School of Knoxville seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2022, while three other members of Webb’s Class of 2022 have earned National Merit Commended Student honors.
The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. High school juniors entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors have been designated National Merit Semifinalists for 2022.
Webb’s 2022 National Merit Semifinalists – Reed Bishofberger, McClain Cameron, Katherine Perkinson, and Owen Roesch – are among the approximately 16,000 academically talented seniors to earn Semifinalist distinction, representing the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Webb’s National Merit Semifinalists are eligible to continue in the competition for some 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards, worth nearly $30 million, to be offered in the spring. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Webb’s Class of 2022 National Merit Commended Students – Liam Riley, Cooper Wood and Zac Yu – are among the some-34,000 high performers to earn Commended Student honors for their exceptional academic promise. Although they are not eligible to continue in the competition for National Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 highest scorers who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT.
“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for the NMSC in an NMSC press release. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”