MHS seniors Sam Eggert, Emergy Engling, Gene Kim and Akshita Pattnaik have been selected as National Merit recipients by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
The scholarships are worth $2,500 annually. They were among approximately 2,500 winners nationwide -- and just four out of 47 from Wisconsin -- out of 16,000 finalists. MHS and Madison West tied for the most recipients in the state.
Eggert plans to study finance, Engling plans to study economics, Kim plans to go into medicine, and Pattnaik plans to study neuroscience.
Another 3,300 students nationwide will be selected for for National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities in early June.
The MHS Class of 2021 had 18 students, the most of any high school in Wisconsin, named National Merit semifinalists in the fall. Besides Eggert, Engling, Kim and Pattnaik, the other semifinalists from MHS were: Ian Bohachek, Sam Burkard, Ivan Cermak, Jeremy Cho, Rose Giefer, Jonah Guse, Michael Gustafson, Yale Huang, Elinor Kosek, Zinnia Nie, Mia Thompson, Luke Whittingham, Althea Wincek and Zachary Yosick.
Five members of the MHS Class of 2020 received National Merit Scholarships.
Approximately 1.5 million students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year. Less than 1 percent were awarded semifinalist status nationwide.
Ninety percent of semifinalists become finalists who will be eligible to receive one of about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million in the spring of 2021.
NMSC is a non-profit organization that operates without government assistance and was established in 1955. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions.