Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – 12:09 PM
By Laura Coleman
Just two weeks after Beverly Hills High School seniors Shawn Ahdout, Dong Won Lee and Seo Yeon Yoo were named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, BHHS was notified that 18 additional students had been named Commended Students.
Of the ~1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors, the program identified the 50,000 highest scores. The 16,000 semifinalists were notified earlier this month that they were eligible to advance to the finalist level; the other 34,000 high performers were subsequently notified that they were named Commended Students.
The academic scholarship competition seeks to identify and honor academically talented high school students throughout the nation. Since its founding in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the competition, has provided more than $1.4 billion in scholarships.
To become a finalists, BHHS must submit detailed scholarship applications for each of the students, which includes the student’s academic record, demonstrated leadership abilities, community and school participation, and honors and awards received. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level and will be notified of the designation in February.
Last year BHHS had three semifinalists, up from the two students named in 2013.