Seven Students Named Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Seven Students Named Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program
Posted on 09/15/2021
2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program

The School District of Lee County is excited to announce seven students have been selected as Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program. National Merit® Semifinalists represent less than 1% of all high school seniors.

The seven students are:

  • Jacob Silver - Cypress Lake High School
  • Zachary Burkett - Dunbar High School
  • David Liu - Dunbar High School
  • Morgan Kaplan - Fort Myers High School
  • Krisha Parikh - Fort Myers High School
  • Colin Payne – Fort Myers High School
  • Zoe Zheng - Fort Myers High School

Jacob Silver is the first Cypress Lake High School student to qualify in several years. He plans to study aerospace engineering in college. “Jacob is an exceptional academic talent!,” says Cypress Lake High School Principal Angela Roles. “He’s part of our Robotics team, the Cyberdroids, as well as on A team and Math team. He takes on the most challenging and rigorous coursework. He’s part of a true Panther family, as his sister is a Center Orchestra major and his Dad volunteers to support Robotics. They are a wonderful family and it is easy to see why Jacob is so amazing.”

At Dunbar High School, semifinalists Zachary Burkett and David Liu are both part of the school’s Technology Student Association. “David and Zachary are outstanding students who have excelled at Dunbar, says Principal Carl Burnside. “I am proud of their latest recognition as National Merit Semifinalists.”

Fort Myers High School has four semifinalists, the sixth year in a row to have multiple students be honored. “We are very proud of our four National Merit Scholarship Winners,” says Fort Myers High School Principal Dr. Robert Butz. “Their hard work and dedication to their academics has resulted in them being recognized as the best of the best. We are sure that they will be successful in whatever endeavors they choose.”

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, nationwide, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2022. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.