Mountain View student named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist | News
Another Tucson student has made it to the semifinalist level of the National Merit Scholarship program.
The announcement was made late last week that John Reynolds, a senior at Mountain View had made the semifinalist cut in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
John is one of more than 16,000 students across the U.S. that were selected as semifinalists; this number represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). These semifinalists are competing for 8,000 scholarships worth more than $35 million.
In order to become a finalist, John and Mountain View High School must submit a detailed scholarship application in which information is provided about the students' academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, 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 scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Only about 15,000 semifinalists will make it to the finalist round, according to NMSC. Finalists will be announced in February 2014. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.
Here is a little bit more about Mountain View High School senior, John Reynolds - he is considered a leader in the school and the community at large. In addition to ranking first in his class he is also a three-year varsity starter on the Mountain View football team and made Honorable Mention all-section as an offensive lineman last year. On the wrestling team, John has been on varsity since he was a freshman and as a junior he placed fifth in the state. John’s successes reach beyond athletics. He is president of the Math Club and also works closely with the school principal to discuss ways to continue to improve the Mountain View student experience. John’s favorite ways of giving back to the community are coaching young wrestlers with the Mountain Lion Wrestling Club and announcing the JV/Freshman football games.