SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School student Joshua Williams has been named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist according to guidance director Kacey Dalton.
“The SHS administrative team and staff are all very proud of Josh,” principal Janet Ferraro said. “He is not only a very bright young man, but he is a well rounded individual who is respected and well liked. We wish him good luck as he continues in the process of the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.”
To earn this designation, Williams joined with about 1.6 million juniors taking the 2018 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Williams’ score put him into a pool of fewer than one percent of high school seniors across the country.
According to National Merit Scholarship Program based in Illinois, the number of semifinalists per state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. This year New Jersey has 223, the same as last year.
The next step in the journey to be a finalist requires Sparta High School to submit an application that includes Williams’ “academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards received,” according to National Merit Scholarship.
As expected Williams must have an outstanding academic record during his high school career. He must be endorsed and recommended by the school.
That is not the end. Williams will have to write an essay and his SAT scores must validate his PSAT scores. Williams is competing for one of 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million offered next spring.
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