National Merit Semifinalist
Steele Accelerated High School Student Earns National Merit Semifinalist Distinction
Posted on 09/10/2020
George PetersonThe National Merit Scholarship Program has named George Peterson as a National Merit Semifinalist, placing him among the top-scoring PSAT-takers in the nation. Peterson is a senior at Steele Accelerated High School and has already started his application to become a National Merit Finalist. The program, one of the most rigorous in the nation, annually honors 16,000 students with the best test scores as National Merit Semifinalists out of the 1.6 million high school students who take a qualifying test during their junior year.

“George is a campus leader,” said Todd Rogers, principal of Steele Accelerated High School. “George is currently our Steele Student Council President. Last year, he started our Homecoming week tradition and is involved in many campus committees and events. He also does our daily announcements. He has a passion for Steele and exemplifies what it means to be a Steele student.”

The National Merit Scholarship program will next determine which students will receive the distinction of finalist based on benchmarks including performance throughout the entirety of their high school careers, the difficulty of courses taken and SAT scores. It will choose winners from the pool of finalists based on all previous criteria as well as each finalist’s essay and his or her involvement in activities and leadership roles.

“George is an outstanding student, leader and role model,” said Rogers. “He exemplifies the Steele Spirit and what it means to be a Steele student. George is always looking to make a positive difference at Steele and is outstanding at problem solving.”

Finalists will be notified in February of their status, with winners from that pool informed of their $2,500 scholarships from March to June.