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National Merit Semifinalist
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
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Lake Hamilton High School senior, Michala Smith, was one of 118 seniors in Arkansas and 16,000 seniors nation wide who were named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The national pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of high school seniors. About 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program as juniors by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The semifinalists include the highest-scoring entrants in each state and is proportional to each state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

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