Bucs boast about a new National Merit Scholar Semifinalist
Haughton High School senior Ryan Rimmer has been named a semifinalist in the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists were singled out for their exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Rimmer is a student at Haughton High School, where he is actively involved. He is a member of the Varsity Basketball team, Student Council Senior Class President, Vice President of the National Honor Society, Random Acts of Kindness Club Reporter, Crew Leader, and a member of Beta Club, Red Jackets, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Ryan now advances in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship competition and has the opportunity to achieve finalist level, where he can compete for $30 million in National Merit Scholarships to be awarded next spring. Approximately 95-percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing and about half of the finalists win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Being chosen as a semifinalist is a feat in itself. Each year, more than 1.5 million juniors enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screening of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.