Memorial Senior Hinesley Named National Merit Semifinalist

Memorial Senior Hinesley Named National Merit Semifinalist
Posted on 09/21/2016
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Blake Hinesley
Hinesley is the only semifinalist in Pasadena ISD and one of over 1,000 students in the State of Texas to earn this prestigious designation.


 Hinesley with Richardson
Hinesley with Memorial Principal Jeremy Richardson. Richardson surprised Hinesley with a letter from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Memorial senior Blake Hinesley has been named a 2017 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of US high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants from the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT test.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist,” Hinesley said. “This distinction will help me reach my aspirations of going to college and pursuing my future career.”

Hinesley is the only semifinalist in Pasadena ISD and one of over 1,000 students in the State of Texas to earn this prestigious designation.

To prep for his PSATs, Hinesley was invited to attend Pasadena ISD’s Collegiate Scholars PSAT Prep Course which is offered to students who show potential for high scores. He also completed prep courses through the Khan Academy, an online tutorial program.

Hinesley plans to attend either Oklahoma State or Baylor University in the fall to study computer engineering.

“We are all very proud of Blake’s accomplishment here at Memorial, and wish him the best of luck as he advances toward becoming a National Merit Scholarship finalist,” said Jeremy Richardson, Memorial Principal. “This is an elite honor and is no doubt the result of hard work and determination as a true Maverick.”

National Merit semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July of 2017. These scholarship recipients will join more than 323,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.