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AHS Earns Record Four National Merit Semifinalists

September 20, 2021

Four Argyle High School students have earned national academic recognition.

Jasmine Ball, Alex Gomez, Bryce Roberts and Vidit Tripathi have been named 2022 National Merit Semifinalists. This marks a school record with four honorees.

These Eagles are four of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.

"Everyone at Argyle High School is very proud of our four National Merit Semifinalists," Argyle High School Principal John King said. "The hours and years of work that they have devoted to their academic endeavors have paid off in huge ways for these students. We wish them only the best as they move on and hopefully become National Merit Finalists."

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing 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 be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.