National Merit Scholarship Program

Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
Posted on 10/01/2021
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Congratulations to three NKSD high school seniors for being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program as semifinalists and commended scholars!

National Merit Semifinalists are based on their 2020 PSAT scores and represent less than one percent of United States high school seniors. Approximately 16,000 students are eligible to be considered for the finalist selection. Semifinalists must submit a detailed application and write an essay. Commended Scholars are among just 34,000 scholars nationwide to be recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.


Alex Langland - Kingston High School

Alex LanglandAlex Langland is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and is a senior at Kingston High School. His top school of choice is University of Washington. Alex currently plans to study Computer Science in college with a focus on cyber-security or artificial intelligence.
Alex's advice for new high school students to be successful in high school is to work with your teachers one on one. "All my teachers have been open to talking about school work and working through it, they have been eager to help me...they are normal people," he shared. "Taking time to talk to teachers can really help you understand the class, understand where they are coming from with the work." This has helped Alex through the past several years of school.

Congratulations Alex!

 

 


isaac beers - North Kitsap High School

Isaac BeersIsaac Beers is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and is a senior at North Kitsap High School. Isaac has applied for early admission to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). If he doesn't elect to attend MIT, he will swim at Boston College. Isaac is planning to study applied mathematics and possibly computer science in college. He is also contemplating getting his MBA in the future.  

Issac's advice for new high school students to be successful in their academics is that your teachers want to help you. "They are people, not just someone who lives in a classroom and teaches, they really want to help you," Isaac said. He also advised that you should strive for understanding what your are learning in school, don't just rely on memorization.

Congratulations Isaac!

 

 


Trevor Martin - North Kitsap High School

Trevor MartinTrevor Martin is a National Merit Commended Scholar and is a senior at North Kitsap High School. Trevor plans to attend either UW or WSU in the fall. He is interested in studying either chemistry or biology and is looking forward to figuring that out in college.

Trevor's advice to new high school students is "to find something that you like, and do that something that you like." He explained that not everyone is perfectly suited to just do academics all the time. "Forcing yourself to just grind away through all of school only focused on academics" is not always the best way to ensure you are enjoying your time, and to be happy in general. Great advice Trevor!

Congratulations Trevor!