King’s Students Receive Recognition in 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

In April, seven King’s High School students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as having met requirements to enter the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.

To be recognized by the NMSC, students must have taken the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and completed the test with a Selection Index Score of 212 or above. From approximately 1.6 million program entrants across the nation, King’s Seniors Joshua Cui, Ha Eun (Eunice) Ko, Elma Lu, Esther Ng, Naomi Smith, Emmie Wang, and Cormac Wolf, are among the top 50,000 highest-scoring participants who were recognized in September.

From the 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 34,000 students are commended for their performance on the PSAT. The other 16,000 have been named Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Program in September and continue in the competition towards earning National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million, which is offered to only 7,500 students next Spring.

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning Merit Scholar title.

Eunice, Emmie, Cormac, Elma, and Esther were recognized as Commended Scholars. Joshua and Naomi are among the 16,000 Semifinalists.

High School Principal Bob Ruhlman stated, “It is a fun day to dial-up parents with the news of their student’s recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Joshua, Eunice, Elma, Esther, Naomi, Emmie, and Cormac are highly capable young people with test scores that are superb by any measure. Congratulations!”

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