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Peoria Unified Celebrates Two National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Peoria Unified finalists include Cactus High School senior Strider Johnston and Sunrise Mountain High School senior Charles Haskins.

More than one million juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

As finalists, Haskins and Johnston will be considered for National Merit Scholarships offered in 2021. To become a finalist, the seniors and their high school submitted a detailed scholarship application to include details about their academic record, participation in school and community activities. They also needed to demonstrate leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards they have received during their high school career.

The National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases between April and July by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.