Panther Accolades: National Merit Semifinalists

Posted October 7, 2019

Congratulations to these Plymouth High School students on their recent recognitions!

National Merit Semifinalists

Three Plymouth High School students have been named semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Semifinalists from PHS are:

  • Kyle Kraus, son of Robert and Synde Kraus
  • Dallas Kreisa, daughter of Drew and Tracy Kreisa
  • Alexander Oty, son of Alan and Linnea Oty

They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who now can compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. They represent the top 1 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2018.

To advance to the finalist level, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements, including a detailed application, an outstanding academic record, recommendation by a high school official, an essay, and SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

More than 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Learn more:

• Check out the Academic Excellence section of our award-winning District Report Card to learn more about our many National Merit Scholars.