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Six Seniors Named 2024 National Merit Semifinalists
six Bolles seniors named National Merit semifinalists

Officials with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) announced the names of more than 16,000 semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, a list that includes six senior students from The Bolles School.

This year’s National Merit semifinalists from the Bolles Class of 2024 are Isabel Bassin ’24, Daniel Ji ’24, Alex Meyers-Labenz ’24, William Schilling ’24, Aryan Shah ’24 and Ashkon Shirazi ’24.

The students will continue in competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. More than 1.3 million juniors from about 21,000 high schools around the country entered the 2024 scholarship program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT®. That test served as an initial screen of program entrants. The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

To become a finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. More than 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing.