Recently the National Merit Scholarships named 169 high school students from Arkansas as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists.

Of those students, four were home schoolers:

  • John S. Sooter of Bentonville
  • Sophia A. Wright of Hot Springs
  • Alison K. Giggleman of Roland
  • Kyla L. Cross of Springdale

To be named as a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist is a tremendous honor.

Semifinalists move on to compete for approximately 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth $28 million to be offered next year.

Students vying for the National Merit Scholarships apply by taking the PSAT exam in the fall of their junior year.

The Arkansas Department of Education has taken steps this year to increase home schoolers’ access to the PSAT.

Please join us in congratulating these students on their achievement!

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