Howell High School Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Howell High School Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Posted on 09/14/2017
A photo of Howell High School Senior Miles Stevenson

9/14/17 – Howell High School senior Miles Stevenson has been named a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Scholarship Program. Stevenson was selected as semifinalists based on his score on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Each year only 16,000 of the 1.6 million students nationwide who take the PSAT/NMSQT are named semifinalists. These students represent less than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

“Being selected as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist is a great accomplishment that less than 1 percent of all high school seniors achieve. I am very proud of Miles and wish him the best of luck as he advances onto the next stage of the competition,” said Jason Schrock, Howell High School principal.


In addition to being named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, Stevenson has received Mary Farrow Math Awards for Algebra II, Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry, and Calculus. Last year, he advanced to the second round of the Michigan Math Prize Competition. Additionally, Stevenson was recently named an AP Scholar with Distinction. “It feels good to do well at school and accomplish stuff. If you work hard it will pay off,” said Stevenson.

Semifinalists who wish to compete for a National Merit Scholarship must advance to the finalist round of the program. To be named a finalist, a semifinalist must: complete a detailed application including an essay, be endorsed by their high school principal, have a record of high academic performance and earn a SAT score that confirms their performance on the PSAT. Of the 16,000 semifinalists, 15,000 will be named as finalists and 7,400 students will be chosen to receive a scholarship. Scholarships are based on a student’s abilities, skills and accomplishments.

About the National Merit Scholarship Program

To participate in the National Merit Scholarship program, a student must take the PSAT/NMSQT and meet the program entry requirements. Of the 1.5 million entrants, only 16,000 are selected as semifinalists in the program. The semifinalists are designated on a state representation basis and are the highest scoring entrants from each state.From the 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 will advance to the finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists. National Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in college studies.

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