Twenty-four high school seniors from Edmond Public Schools have been named 2019 National Merit Semifinalists-a designation that places them in the top 1% of U.S. high school seniors.

The prestigious scholastic competition recognizes students for academic success in the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Edmond’s Semifinalists include five from Edmond Memorial High School, six from Edmond Santa Fe High School and 13 from Edmond North High School. The district has the most 2019 Semifinalists of any public or private school in the state.

“What makes this group of students so extraordinary is not just their academic abilities but also their engagement in activities and special interest groups at their respective schools,” said Superintendent Bret Towne. “Among the 24 students are musicians, athletes, artists and members of FFA, Student Council, and AFJROTC.”

The names of Edmond’s National Merit Semifinalists are as follows:

Edmond North National Merit Semifinalists Edmond North High School: 

Matthew Blair

Erin Carter

Brandon Chenevey

William Clune

Jacob Garbrecht

Noah Gleason

Garridy Hamilton

Kelly Lewis

Sydney Schuppan

William Shorow

Allison Smith

Audrey Stavish

Caleb Triplett

Santa Fe National merit Semifinalists

Edmond Santa Fe High School: 

Ishan Bhanot

Camille Bond

Bradlee Harrison

Connor Lawrence

Nathan Whitehead

Michael Yu

Edmond Memorial Nat. Merit Semifinalits

Edmond Memorial High School:

Amanda Baskett

Ryan Danley

Mikita Dzialendzik

Caroline Judd

Carson Sollberger

Semifinalists Jacob Garbrecht, from Edmond North High School and Connor Lawrence and Michael Yu from Edmond Santa Fe High School, also received perfect scores on the ACT College Entrance Exam.

“To be named both a National Merit Semifinalist and receive a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam is akin to hitting a grand slam in baseball. These students will now have their pick of postsecondary colleges and universities at which to further their academic pursuits. I anticipate extraordinary futures for these two fine young men,” said Edmond Santa Fe Principal Jason Hayes.

Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for millions of dollars in scholarships. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® award. Many colleges and universities offer sizable scholarships to students named Finalists.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, go

to www.nationalmerit.org.