OHS Senior Semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Program
Ozark High School senior Riley Satterfield is a semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, while senior Josie Glenn is named a Commended Scholar.
More than 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The top 3-4 percent of scorers are named Commended Scholar.
To become a finalist, a student must submit a detailed scholarship application, 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 qualifying test.
More than 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, which will be announced in February.