Congratulations to senior Jack Howard on being named a semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit®️ Scholarship Program. More than 16,000 students from across the country were recently named semifinalists as part of the 2020 National Merit®️ Scholarship Program. Congratulations to seniors Ben Boone, Hannah Brandon and Ethan Eshleman for being named Commended Scholars in the 2020 National Merit ®️ Scholarship Program.
Jack will go on to compete for approximately 7,600 National Merit®️ Scholarships, worth about $31 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship®️ award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit®️ Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar®️ title.
Jack is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a member of the National Honor Society and co-president of the National Junior Classical League. He is also a member of both the varsity cross country and track and field teams. He participated in several experiences this past summer at the Elevate Leadership Lab at Gordon College, a residential summer engineering camp at NC State University and a job shadowing opportunity at Bosch Rexroth, a local engineering company. He has enjoyed serving for a week at the Dominican Republic during J-Term.