MacArthur High School Seniors Named Semifinalists
The district is pleased to announce that General Douglas MacArthur High School seniors Jared Schwartz and Helen Zhang have been recognized as two of 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists in the 63rd National Merit Scholarship Program. Both Schwartz and Zhang will now continue in the competition for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Schwartz and Zhang are now part of the nationwide pool of semifinalists who represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, including the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Upon hearing the news that they were selected as semifinalists, both Schwartz and Zhang were excited.
"It feels amazing," said Schwartz. "It feels like all of our hard work over the past four years has paid off."
The district congratulates both students on this outstanding achievement!