Byron Nelson’s Gabrielle Williams named National Merit Semifinalist
Byron Nelson’s Gabrielle Williams named National Merit Semifinalist
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Gabrielle Williams
Gabrielle Williams

The National Merit Scholarship Program has named Byron Nelson High School senior Gabrielle Williams as a National Merit Semifinalist, placing her among the top-scoring PSAT-takers in the nation.

Gabrielle’s honor means she is among the top 1 percent of students in the United States who took the PSAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The program, one of the most rigorous in the nation, annually honors the 16,000 students with the best test scores as National Merit Semifinalists out of the 1.5 million high school students who take one of the qualifying tests during their junior year.

Dr. Ron Myers, principal of Byron Nelson High School, said Gabrielle’s honor serves as a testament to the hard work she’s put in academically.

“Gabrielle becoming a National Merit Semifinalist is a tremendous honor for both her and Byron Nelson High School, as it shows what our students can accomplish when they put forth their best efforts,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing her continue her academic progress during her senior year and seeing where her efforts take her after she graduates.”

The National Merit Scholarship program will next determine if Gabrielle will receive the distinction of finalist based on her academic performance throughout the entirety of her high school career as well as the difficulty of the courses she has taken and her SAT score. Winners will be chosen from the pool of finalists based on all previous criteria as well as each finalist’s essay and his or her involvement in activities and leadership roles.

Finalists will be notified in February of their status, with winners from that pool informed of their $2,500 scholarships from March to June.