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GBHS Announces Two National Merit Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program

Grand Blanc High School is proud to announce two seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2023. Congratulations to Riya Achuri and Nicholas Stokes of the class of 2023!


Riya and Nicholas entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen for program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of US high school seniors, 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.

These two academically talented students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for over 7000 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition, and about half of those Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title.

Best of luck to Nicholas and Riya if they choose to continue on in the competition. 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.

Finalists will be announced between April and July of 2023.