ROUNDUP: National Merit Scholars at Pearland, Clear Creek, Friendswood ISDs

Approximately 16,000 students received this semifinalist recognition nationwide, which is less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Approximately 16,000 students received this semifinalist recognition nationwide, which is less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Approximately 16,000 students received this semifinalist recognition nationwide, which is less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Nearly two dozen students in Clear Creek and Friendswood ISDs have qualified as semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, and another 50 Pearland ISD students received recognition for their high scores in the competition.

A total of 18 CCISD students and three FISD students are semifinalists, according to September media releases from CCISD and FISD. Commended students received notice in late September and semifinalists were notified earlier in September, per the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website.

About 16,000 students received this recognition nationwide—less than 1% of high school seniors in the United States, per NMSC. Students entered the competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

PISD had 50 students receive letters of commendation for their academic promise, according to a Sept. 23 PISD media release. They rank among approximately 34,000 commended students nationwide, per NMSC.

These commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT to enter the competition; they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit scholarships.


Semifinalists at CCISD and FISD have an opportunity to compete for one of 7,500 finalist spots. Finalists receive one of three types of Merit Scholarship awards; click here to learn more about the awards. National Merit finalists will be announced in February.

To qualify as a finalist, students are evaluated based on their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and endorsement by a high school official, per the CCISD release. National Merit winners, who are chosen from the group of finalists, will be announced in four nationwide news releases from April to July, per the CCISD release.

Campus by campus breakdown

Three students at Clear Brook High School, one at Clear Falls High School, 11 at Clear Lake High School and three at Clear Springs High School qualified as National Merit semifinalists, per the CCISD media release.

Friendswood High School had three students qualify as semifinalists, and they will be recognized by the board of trustees at its Oct. 11 meeting, per the FISD media release.

In Pearland ISD, two students at Turner College and Career High School, 33 from Dawson High School and 15 from Pearland High School were named as National Merit commended students, per the PISD media release.
By Colleen Ferguson

Reporter, Bay Area

A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.


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