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Kirby Announces Four National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and Two Commended Students
James Chen '23, Penelope Strong '23, Averie Huang '23 and Andrew Sylvester '23 have been selected as
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.
Kirby students represent four of the five semifinalists in Santa Cruz County.
Jordan '23 and Bryony '23 have been selected as Commended Students.
High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists represent less than one percent of all high school seniors.
Commended students are named based on a nationally applied Selection score that may vary from year to year. These students become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
Congratulations to these incredible Kirby students!