Twenty-seven Edmond Public School seniors are among an elite group of high school seniors nationwide to be named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. The district has the most 2020 Semifinalists of any public or private school district in the state.

The prestigious scholastic competition recognizes students for academic success in the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Edmond’s Semifinalists include five from Edmond Santa Fe High School, 10 from Edmond North High School and 12 from Edmond Memorial High School. “Each one of these Semifinalists is an exceptional learner, leader, and problem-solver,” said Superintendent Bret Towne. “We commend them for their academic focus, determination, and resolve and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future.”

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, including the University of Oklahoma, offer comprehensive scholarships to students named Finalists including study abroad opportunities.

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

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Edmond North High School:

Alisha Arshad

Elijah Bigler

Carson Confer

Jim Y Huang

Matthew Hudson

Logan Hutchens

Rachael Kingrey

Dawid Livingstone Kasanga

Emily Murphy

Christopher Sipols

Edmond Memorial High School:

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Katherine Adkins

Eden Dickerson

Kristen Hall

Major Kerr

Keegan Leibrock

Jonathan Lin

Kyle Marshall

Chloe Singleton

Liberty Walton

Oliver Wu

Kevin Zhang

Edmund Zheng

Edmond Santa Fe High School: 

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Lauren Hamilton

Rakin Hussain

David Lyon

Marleigh Smith

Joshua Zhu

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