UPDATE: National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Will Ortiz
About 1.6 million juniors entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 PSAT and from that number less than 1% of US high school seniors qualified as a semifinalist. From these approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level and be designated as a National Merit Scholar. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

This year, CCA is proud to announce two seniors who earned the Finalists status and now are eligible to compete to become a National Merit Scholar. These seniors are Jackson Foster and Matthew Ray. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in spring. About 90% of the Semifinalist attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Join us in congratulating and praying for Jackson Foster and Matthew Ray.
  • Timmy Watkins
    Great job boys!
  • Lisa Richards
    Congratulations to you both for using the talents God has provided for this great achievement!
  • Jennifer Hotte
    That is incredible! Well done you two!
  • Becky Andresen
    Well done Jackson and Matthew!
  • Jose Orta
    What a Blessing! Congratulations to you both on your success! May God continue to bless you, protect you, and guide you as you go through your life's journey. In Jesus' name we pray for you both! Congratulations!
  • Jason Rachels
    Great job, guys!

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