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Boise School District 2017 National Merit
Finalists Announced
45 Boise District High School Seniors Selected
Boise, ID -- (2/27/2017) -- Today Boise School District announced the names of 45 high
school students selected as Naonal Merit Finalists in the 62nd annual Naonal Merit
Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors now have an
opportunity to connue in the compeon for some 7,500 Naonal Merit Scholarships
worth about $33 million that will be offered this spring.
The naming of these Finalists comes aer the Boise District received word in the fall that
half of Idaho's total number of 2017 Naonal Merit Semifinalists (95) were from the Boise
School District (47). Boise School District enrolls about 9% of the total number of public
school students in the state of Idaho.
"We congratulate these students, and their families, for being named Naonal Merit
Finalists," said Boise Schools Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly. "This significant
achievement is the result of their hard work and our commitment to providing the
advanced, rigorous coursework and the highly skilled teachers students need to earn this
national recognition."
Savannah
Armstrong
Borah High
School
Caleb Batten
Boise High School
Linnea Boice
Boise High School
Hailey Brookins
Capital High School
Noah Brown Jackson Centeno
Joseph Davies
Abbey Erwin
Boise High
School
Boise High
School
Borah High
School
Boise High
School
Shanaya Fox
Capital High
School
Winston Gee
Boise High School
Elliott Glass
Boise High School
Alexander Hamrick
Timberline High
School
Kathryn Hilburn
Boise High
School
Spencer Hull
Timberline High School
Eleanor Hunt
Boise High School
Kevin Jin
Boise High School
Hyonoo Joo
Timberline High
School
Garret Katayama
Boise High School
David Kirk
Boise High School
Minji Ko
Boise High School
Samantha Kraus
Borah High
School
Elizabeth Lee
Boise High School
Daniel Liu
Capital High School
Vincent Ma
Timberline High
School
Thomas Maloney
Boise High
School
Sara Matlock
Boise High
School
Anna McClain-
Sims
Borah High
School
Samuel McEwan
Capital High
School
Dalton Miller
Timberline High
School
Angela Ni
Timberline High
School
Hayden Pickard
Boise High
Theodore Ramey
Boise High
School
School
Grace Rosenvall
Capital High
School
Jennifer Ryu
Timberline High
School
David Shin
Timberline High
School
Maxwell Smay
Capital High
School
Estelle Spanneut
Boise High
School
Samuel Standal
Boise High
School
Derek Stein
Timberline High
School
Ivan Vazquez
Capital High
School
Paul Vining
Boise High
School
Megan Wong
Boise High
School
Anne Xia Boise
High School
Andrew Zhang
Capital High
School
Henry Zhang
Capital High
School
About the National Merit Scholarship Program
The National Merit Scholarship Program is a United States academic scholarship
competition for recognition and university scholarships administered by the National Merit
Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a privately funded, not-for-profit organization based in
Evanston, Illinois. The program began in 1955.
Steps in the Competition
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 Naonal Merit
Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT /Naonal Merit Scholarship
Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT ®), which served as an inial screen of program entrants.
The naonwide pool of Semifinalists, represenng less than one percent of U.S. high school
seniors, includes the highest- scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in
a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed
scholarship applicaon, in which they provide informaon about the Semifinalist's
academic record, parcipaon in school and community acvies, demonstrated leadership
abilies, employment, and honors and awards received. A Seminalist must have an
outstanding academic record through- out high school, be endorsed and recommended by a
high school ocial, write an essay, and earn SAT ® scores that confirm the student's earlier
performance on the qualifying test.
From the approximately 16,000 Seminalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the
Finalist level, and in February they will be noed of this designaon. All Naonal Merit
Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees
are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potenal for success in
rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious
preference
News Media Contact:
Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator
Boise School District
(208) 854-4064
dan.hollar@boiseschools.org
www.boiseschools.org
Boise School District | 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 | 208.854.4000 ww.boiseschools.org
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