Seven National Merit Semifinalists have been named from four of Peoria Unified School District’s high schools. Approximately 16,000 students were selected nationally to compete for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships, worth $28 million. Less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide are chosen as semifinalists. To be chosen as a semifinalist, high school juniors must score exceedingly well on the Preliminary SAT/National Qualifying Test. Finalists are chosen in the spring.
This year’s National Merit Semifinalists from PUSD include:
Centennial High School
Ephraim Joel Esmas

Ironwood High School
Chelston Juntilla

Liberty High School
Samantha Randolph
Sunrise Mountain High School
David Salazar
Jacob Simpson
Annabelle Tran
Madilyn Williams

Congratulations to all the semifinalists. For more information about the National Merit Scholarship or the National Achievement Scholarship Program, visit