North Hills School District News Article

4 North Hills seniors earn title of 2024 National Merit Semifinalist

Posted Monday, September 18, 2023

National Merit Semifinalists 2024

North Hills High School seniors Ella Demoise, Valerio Gomez-Frittelli, Joshua Kim and Nicholas Strother have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2024.

High school juniors enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. Over 1.3 million juniors in 21,000 high schools entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the SAT/NMSQT in 2022.

The highest-scoring entrants in each state become semifinalists and now have the opportunity to compete for approximately 7,140 National Merit scholarships worth nearly $28 million to be offered next spring. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s 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 or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Approximately 95 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing with about half of those winning a National Merit scholarship, earning the title of “Merit Scholar.”

Sixteen thousand high school seniors, less than one percent of all high school seniors in the U.S., were named 2024 semifinalists, the 69th year for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2024 will be announced beginning in April.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit

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