Horizon senior among PVSchools’ National Merit finalists

Pictured from left to right: Harrison Lisk, Alyssa Unell, Alexander Schmelzeis, and
Supriya Weiss. (Submitted photo)

The Paradise Valley Unified School District announced four high school seniors were named National Merit finalists.

The finalists included Alyssa Unell from Horizon High School, Spriya Weiss from Shadow Mountain High School and Harrison Lisk and Alexander Schmelzeis from Paradise Valley High School.

Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, National Merit®Scholarship Corporation will notify finalists they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award, according to a press release.

Merit Scholarship awards are of three types: National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955, a release states.

High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year-and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

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