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Three of the four National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists in El Paso County announced this week are EPISD seniors.
“The National Merit Scholarship Program has for decades exemplified academic excellence and college readiness among high-school students,” said EPISD Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera. “We are proud that Melchor, Malcolm and David are continuing the long-standing tradition of excellence EPISD has had in producing semifinalists and scholars in this very selective program.”
The National Merit Scholarship organization, which manages this prestigious and sought-after program, said around 16,000 students throughout the country were named semifinalists and are vying for more than $31 million in college funding.
The EPISD seniors who were named finalists this week are:
- Melchor Herrera from Franklin High School
- Malcolm Lyn from Coronado High School
- David Mullings from El Paso High School.
To qualify for this honor, students must score in the top 1 percent of students in their state on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which measures a person’s abilities in critical reading, math problem solving and writing rather than their existing knowledge.
More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.