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Science Hill announces four 2022 National Merit Semifinalists

National Merit Semifinalist 2021 2022


Science Hill High School learned on Wednesday that there will be four Toppers who are among the nearly 16,000 semifinalists for the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship program. The program is designed to identify and honor the top high school students in the United States and represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.  

The four Science Hill students include Sophia C. Cross (daughter of Ping and Robert Cross), Yeleeya Y. Li (daughter of Zhiwu Li and Yong Liu), Leon S. Sarkodie (son of Olga and Oduro Sarkodie) and Kyler D. Sood (son of Dhiraj and Sarika Sood). 

“We are very proud of these four Hilltopper National Merit Semifinalists for earning the opportunity to advance in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship competition,” said Science Hill Principal Josh Carter. “These students have demonstrated exceptional work ethic, dedication to excellence, and a desire to reach their fullest potential. Their accomplishments also reflect the expectations and ability of our entire Johnson City Schools’ faculty to prepare our students to compete with the nation’s best and brightest students.” 

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.  

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