After reaching semifinalist status last September, six VPS students in February 2021 were named finalists in the not-for-profit National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s eponymous program.

From Columbia River High School

  • Jenna Chinn
  • Dominick D’Emilio

From Skyview High School

  • Liyu Huang
  • Annika Meunier
  • Benjamin Richter
  • Ryan Welch

Semifinalist status is awarded based on scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Becoming a finalist requires additional actions including completing an application, demonstrating a very high academic record, writing an essay and securing recommendation by a school official.

Finalists are now being considered for National Merit Scholarships and the title of merit scholar. Merit scholars are selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. National Merit Scholarship recipients will be announced later in spring 2021.