Gazebo Gazette

Long Beach High School seniors Gracie Bush, Michael Chan, Cameron Frye, Alexis LaRosa, and Mason Mullins have all been named National Merit Semifinalists. Bush, Chan and LaRosa all earned Perfect 36 ACT scores.

These Long Beach students were among the nearly 16,000 Semifinalists named in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s (NMSC) 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. They will now continue on to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered in the spring of 2019.

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. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists.