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Six Oxford Students Earn National Merit Semifinalist Status

Group photo of the National Merit Semifinalists

2020 OHS National Merit Semifinalists
Front row, left to right: Lauren Bial, Emmie Stevens, Sophie Quinn. Back row, left to right: Cooper Crawley, Edward Hu, Donald Rogers.

Oxford, Mississippi (September 27, 2019) — The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the names of six Oxford High School students who have been named National Merit Semifinalists. Semifinalist status is based on scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken during their junior year.

These OHS seniors are now eligible for approximately 7,500 exclusive scholarships worth more than $32 million, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Some 190 colleges and universities around the nation also extend scholarship offers to National Merit Finalists, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

2020 OHS National Merit Semifinalists:

  • Lauren Bial
  • Cooper Crawley
  • Edward Hu
  • Sophie Quinn
  • Donald Rogers
  • Emmie Stevens

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.