Saline High School senior Julia Smith has won the National Merit Scholarship.
She is one of 2,500 merit scholar designees, chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. The scholarship is worth $2,500.
Smith plans a career in the field of physics.
National Merit Scholarship winners are judged to have a strong combination of accomplishments, skills and potential success in college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions and high school counselors who considered academic record, difficulty of subjects, grades earned, standardized test scores, contributions and leadership in school and the community, an essay from the finalist and a recommendation by a high school official.
The competition for the scholarship began in October of 2014 when 1.5 million juniors took the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. 16,000 semifinalists were named as a result of the test. And then 15,000 advanced to become finalists.
Saline’s other finalists were Ayush Arora, Victoria Black, Brian Blankenship, Noah Duncan, Kathryn Gilbert, Mitchell Hansen, Stephen Jasina, Rohan Kulkarni, Matthew Lougheed, Aditya Mannari and Julia Smith. They are still eligibile for other scholarships.