Four students advanced to become National Merit Finalists for 2018-19
Four Bismarck Public School students have advanced to become National Merit Finalists for the 2018-19 school year. They are Naomi Hegwood and Signe Penn, Bismarck High School; Ryan Anderson, Century High; and Logan T. Kjos, Legacy High School. Winners of Merit Scholarship Awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate, such as the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.