Oliver Ames High School senior Harrison Phelps has been chosen as a semifinalist in the 59th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, established in 1955 to conduct the annual scholarship program, announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 of which are expected to advance to the finalist level.
The semifinalists are selected from a pool of the highest scorers on the PSAT taken junior year and represent less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide.
"To become a Finalist, the Semifinalists and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’ academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test."