Huntsville City Schools recognizes 20 National Merit Semifinalists

Grissom High School's National Merit Semifinalists from the Class of 2017. (Photo: Grissom High School PTSA/Facebook)

Grissom High School’s National Merit Semifinalists from the Class of 2017. (Photo: Grissom High School PTSA/Facebook)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Three high schools in Huntsville are celebrating 20 National Merit Semifinalists, and the students will be recognized at tonight’s school board meeting.

Students were recognized at special breakfasts this week at their schools, Grissom, New Century and Huntsville.  This is the largest single number of semifinalists from the district in the last five years. In Alabama, 213 students from 56 schools were selected as semifinalists.

Huntsville City Schools was one of only five school districts in the state that had more than 10 semifinalists from a single high school. Nationwide there are a total of 16,000 semifinalists selected from over 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools.

The Huntsville City Schools students who have achieved National Merit Semifinalist honors are:

  • New Century Technology High – Cody Holland, Samuel Thompson
  • Huntsville High – Mark Simmons, Jewel Smith, Emma Stowe
  • Grissom High – Helen D’Agostino, Camryn Edwards, Jonathon Hubbert, Nicholas Jones, Alice Kim, Joelle Kim, Anjali Mahapatra, Michael McMeen, Jenny Shen, Matthew Shustack, Jarod Stuart, Afura Taylor, Shengqing Wang, Joseph Westra and Aaron Zhai

To become a finalist, each student that is a semifinalist and their high school must provide information that includes the student’s academic record, participation in community and school activities, leadership skills, along with other honors and awards. Approximately 90% of the semifinalists will earn a finalist standing, with the announcement expected in February 2017.

Huntsville High School and New Century Technology High School's National Merit Semifinalists from the Class of 2017. (Photo: Huntsville City Schools)

Huntsville High School and New Century Technology High School’s National Merit Semifinalists from the Class of 2017. (Photo: Huntsville City Schools)