DCHS Senior Named a National Merit Semifinalist

DCHS Senior Named a National Merit Semifinalist

DCHS senior Natalie Carter was named a Semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program today.

Carter qualified for the program based on her scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Roughly 16,000 students (less than one percent of high school seniors) were named national Semifinalists and will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

nataliecropAbout 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

“I was really excited to find out that I was a Semifinalist,” said Carter. “I thought I had a chance, but I wasn’t sure.”

Carter was also excited to learn of her selection so that she could inform her father.

“My dad was a National Merit Finalist, and so there’s that aspect of family competition,” Carter said. “But it’s also encouraging to think that I could follow in his footsteps.”

Carter, who has attended DCS since kindergarten, plans to major in material science and engineering and hopes to attend California Institute of Technology or Purdue University.

Congratulations, Natalie! 

In the photo above, DCS Superintendent and High School Principal Dr. David Rough congratulated Carter on her achievement.