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13 Vestavia Hills High School students named National Merit Semifinalists


National Merit SemifinalistsSeptember 16, 2021 -- 13 seniors at Vestavia Hills High School have been named Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit Semifinalists at Vestavia Hills High School are, as pictured:

Front Row, L-R: Maria Deng, Ranee Brady, Margaret Patton, Christina Sorochinsky, Catherine Kramer, Katelynn Holt, Savan Patel

Back Row, L-R: Jonathan Wilson, Ethan Wylie, John Ham, Brian Chen, Frank Qiang, John Paul Pierre

The students are among 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide who will have the opportunity to compete for some $30 million in scholarships, according to a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. High school juniors entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of high school seniors in the U.S.

“These students did a stellar job given all they had to navigate over the past year and a half,” said Tonya Rozell, Vestavia Hills High School principal.

“Our National Merit Semifinalists demonstrated a commitment to excellence and perseverance through the uncertainty around them, and their teachers also demonstrated a commitment to excellence in helping them reach their academic goals,” Rozell said.

National Merit Finalists will be announced in the spring of 2022.

PHOTO: 2022 National Merit Semifinalists at Vestavia Hills High School. Photo provided by Oliver Aaron/VHHS.