GISD home to 11 National Merit Semifinalists

Eleven Garland ISD students have earned a prestigious title shared by just 16,000 high schoolers nationwide. The academically talented seniors were named Semifinalists in the 63rd National Merit Scholarship Program—a distinction less than one percent of U.S. students received this year.

The select group was among approximately 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools who entered the 2018 competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. As some of the highest-scoring entrants in Texas, these students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition. In the end, some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million will be awarded in the spring.

The following students are in the running to be one of 15,000 Finalists named in February.

Garland High School

Tahrima Bhuiyan

Safwan Chowdhury

Ethan Durand

Austin Hill

Ryan Mann

Brandon Tran

Ryan Trout

Austin Tsao

Lakeview Centennial High School

Caleb Harris

Rowlett High School

John Hardy

South Garland High School

Ryan O’Malley