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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

National Merit semi-finalists announced in Arkansas

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Arkansas has 143 semi-finalists in the annual competition for National Merit Scholarships and massive Bentonville High School topped the list of winners. It had more than 4,000 students in grades 9-12 last year.

Bentonville had 18 semi-finalists; Fayetteville High, 16; the selective admission Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts in Hot Springs, 14; Little Rock Central, 12, and Cabot, 10. Haas Hall, the college prep-aiming charter school in Fayetteville, had eight.

In Pulaski County, North Little Rock had one semi-finalist and Parkview Magnet in Little Rock, had one. Among private schools, Pulaski Academy had 8 and Episcopal Collegiate, Little Rock Christian and Mount St. Mary had two each. Home-schooled students also were semi-finalists in Pulaski County, one each from Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Winners south of Little Rock in Arkansas  were few and far between — one each from Bauxite, Bryant, Glen Rose and Hot Springs Lakeside.


About 1.6 million juniors took the PSAT qualifying test last October and about 16,000 were named semi-finalists. About 90 percent will become finalists. 

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