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National Merit Semifinalist Announced

Posted on: September 13, 2017
National Merit Semifinalist, Drew Dailey

The Kings Local School District is proud to announce that Kings High School Senior, Drew Dailey has been chosen as Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 PSAT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.  The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. Drew is among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual scholarship program.

In February 2018, the Semifinalists will be notified whether they have advanced to the Finalist standing. The finalists will have the opportunity to then compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next Spring.

KHS Principal, Doug Leist said, “This is a tremendous accomplishment for Drew. Again, we are reminded that our Kings Students, teachers, and programs are prepared to excel and can compete among the nation's elite.  We look forward to following Drew's academic career!"

Drew is the son of Laura and Lyle Dailey. Although he is undecided on where he will be attending college, his future plans include studying Mechanical Engineering. Currently, Drew is taking Credit College Plus courses at the University of Cincinnati.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a prestigious academic competition for recognition and scholarship that began in 1955.  High school students enter the National Merit Program as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test --a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year -- and by meeting additional program requirements.