Thirteen WCSD Students Qualify as Semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell



Thirteen WCSD Students Qualify as Semifinalists

for National Merit Scholarships



Reno, NV (September 14, 2020) – Thirteen high school students in the Washoe County School District (WCSD) have been named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 16,000 scholars nationwide who will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for more than $30 million in college scholarships to be awarded next spring.


“We are tremendously proud of these dedicated students for their hard work and determination,” said WCSD Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill. “Twelve of our students have been named semifinalists, and this is a great recognition of their accomplishments so far in their educational journeys. We look forward to hearing more about their achievements as they move forward in their lives and careers.”


The semifinalists from the Washoe County School District are:

Gonzales, Lloyd R., Academic of Arts, Careers & Technology

Hart, August E., Galena High School

Rock, Max T., Incline High School

Goldstein, Carver J., Procter R. Hug High School

Mayne, Rebekah L., Procter R. Hug High School

Scott, Charles R., Procter R. Hug High School

Garman, Jack P., McQueen High School

Kolstrup, Kemma J., McQueen High School

Tobey, Ramona W., McQueen High School

White, Christian A., Spanish Springs High School

Elliott, Piper R., Reno High School

Hooker, Zachary C., Reno High School

Kareck, Tylee L., Earl Wooster High School


These students are among more than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools nationwide who entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screening of program entrants. A nationwide pool of semifinalists—representing less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States—includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.


To become a finalist and move forward in the scholarship competition, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Each 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 scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.


Based upon these submissions, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will choose approximately 15,000 finalists who will be named starting in April 2021 and concluding in July. These finalists will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit Scholarships ($2,500), about 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships, and some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarships.



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