Seniors Kirsten Fisher and Matthew Tavarez have been selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. They represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. As two of the approximately 15,000 graduating seniors in the nation to receive this high honor, they are eligible to receive a National Merit Scholarship or a corporate-sponsored or college-sponsored merit scholarship. Finalists are selected based on their test scores, academic record, course work, school recommendation, extracurricular activities and leadership, and student essay. More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT which served as an initial screen of program entrants.