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Kent School District seniors selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists
Two Kent School District seniors have been selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Kate Khazoyan of Kent-Meridian High School and Tracy Tran of Kentridge High School are each competing for one of approximately 8,000 scholarships worth around $35 million.
Semifinalists are selected because they scored the highest on the Preliminary SATs last fall. Each semifinalist will now submit an essay, a letter of recommendation from a school official, a list of extracurricular activities, a detailed academic record, and an SAT score from this year.
"I'm glad to see our students compete for such a high honor as a direct result of taking PSATs as juniors," said Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas. "This is why the Kent School District offers PSATs, SATs, and other college preparatory tests for free to our students."
National Merit Scholarships Corp. will name about 15,000 finalists in February and scholarship winners sometime between April and July.
The combined SAT scores of KSD students in 2011-12 were higher than the Washington State average. Washington had the highest state average in the nation. KSD is the fourth largest school district in the state and is its most ethnically diverse with more than 138 languages spoken.