Five Wooster Students Qualify as Semifinalists in 2019 National Merit® Scholarship Program

(September 12, 2018) – Five Wooster High School (WHS) students qualified as semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit® Scholarship Program. SeniorsJohn Gorman, Alexandra (Lexi) Nolletti, Elizabeth Perkins, John Schmidt and Hailey Tennant have been named Semifinalists in the 64thannual National Merit Scholarship Program held by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). 

“Five students named as semifinalists is absolutely phenomenal.  Then again, these five students are incredibly special, remarkable in fact,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “This recognition is directly reflective of the determination and hard work these students exhibit in their academics, extracurricular activities and involvement in our Wooster community.  Go Woo!” 

Over 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). To quality, semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn an SAT® score that confirms the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

Gorman, Nolletti, Perkins, Schmidt and Tennant will continue on to compete for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships in the spring, worth more than $31 million. To advance to become a finalist, students must submit a detailed application including their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstration of leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards received. 

“We are confident these students will go on to achieve many great accomplishments in the future,” said Wooster High School Principal, Tyler Keener. “On behalf of the Wooster City School District, we wish them the very best of luck as they continue on to compete for National Merit Scholarships.”

Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program and NMSC by visiting