11 FHS students named National Merit semifinalists

In Lifestyle by Reporter News

Friendswood High School has 11 students named semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth $35 million that will be offered next spring.

The FHS semifinalists are Annie S. Chen, Michael E. Fowler, Derek A. Janek, Noelle M. Kutz, Caroline Q. Landon, Jamie C. McCullough, Andrew D. Porter, Kristen H. Ryan, Matthew T. Stamy, Nathan Y. Tat, and Nathaniel F. Williams.

These 11 were part of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual national Merit Scholarship Program that the National Merit Scholarship Corporation(NMNSC) announced.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 300,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

The 11 FHS students will be recognized and honored at the October 14 meeting of the Friendswood ISD School Board.

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