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Owasso’s Ronald Walker, Rejoice Christian’s Brianna Herrold named National Merit semifinalists
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Owasso’s Ronald Walker, Rejoice Christian’s Brianna Herrold named National Merit semifinalists

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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation on Tuesday announced the names of 16,000 semifinalists in its 67th annual scholarship program.

Two students from Owasso — Ronald Walker with Owasso High School and Brianna Herrold with Rejoice Christian School — were listed as recipients of the prestigious endowment.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the

2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.

To become a finalist, the semifinalists and high school officials must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the students’ academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received.

About 95% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Last year, Owasso’s Merrik Barnes and Collinsville’s Delaun Blake were named National Merit Scholarship winners.

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