The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year. Only 16,000 high school students nationwide earn National Merit Semi-Finalist status. These are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. They should learn if they earned National Merit Finalist status in February 2022.
High School students who meet published program entry and participation requirements enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) at the specified time in the high school program, usually as juniors. Each year's PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test designated for entry to a particular year's competition. For example, the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the competition for scholarships to be awarded in 2022.
These five CHHS students are Samuel Christensen, Tate Lewis, Sammy McDowell, Nathan Turlington and Brenden White (Turlington and White are enrolled in the Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University).