A number of Scripps Ranch students recently learned they’d been selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for the 2018 competition. Scripps Ranch High School semifinalists were Colin Snyder, Gracie Richards, Hyounjun Chang, Isabella Sferraa, Jonathan Luo, Joonhyuk Lee, Matthew-Keane Wang, Melba Nuzen, Patrick Wildenhain, Poorvi Datta, and Ryan Cantrell. Two other Scripps Ranch seniors were among the 13 students at The Bishop’s School recently named as semifinalists – Claire Coats and Valerie Fan.

The students entered the competition – along with over 1.6 million high school juniors across the country – by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year. Of the huge entry pool, only 16,000 students are recognized as semifinalists this year. Approximately 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, where they will be in the running for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships for Spring 2018. Selection is based on students’ skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in college programs.