In 1955 the National Merit Scholarship Program began a United States academic scholarship competition for the highest achieving American students.  The finalists in the program are designated as National Merit Scholars. The semi-finalists are designated as Commended Scholars.

To qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program, students must first qualify by taking the PSAT/NMSQT, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  The semifinalists are selected on their PSAT scores on a state representational basis.    Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state that represent the top 0.5% of the state’s senior students.

After a student qualifies thru the PSAT/NMSQT, a detailed scholarship application must be completed.  The application will includes essays, extracurricular achievement, awards and leadership positions.  A student must have an outstanding academic record that  includes a high SAT score and a school official must recommend the student.

1957
Patricia Dickerson
1960 
Stephen Decontio
1966
Leslie Hemphill
1968
John Vetter
1970
Lynn Melson
1972
Leslie Jones
1975
Jodine Ward
1976
Kevin Lacy
Rickard Mosier
1978
Kevin Davee
John Frick
1981
Joe Chambers
1982 
Paul Beason
1987
John Carle
Mark Heiman
Laura Marshall
Anita Wilt
1988
John Grant
1990
Mandeep Chada
Ryan Moore
Eric Randall
1992
Amy Nixon
1993
Nathan Sayre
1995
Matthew Ballard
Christian Farrell
Michael Kopelman
Alicia Smith
Bryan Young
1996
Nicholas Negelein
Billy Wells III
1997
Douglas Carpenter
John Franklin
James Kopelman
1998
James Lehman
1999
James Akin
Emma Lang
Rebeka Radcliff
2000
Benjamin Carpenter
Katherine Luthy
2001
James Bickford 
Amanda Johnston 
Kevin Kopelman
2004
Christopher Cogburn
Jaime Orban
2006
Robert (Race) Clark
Dia St. John
B. Willard-Southward
2008
Christopher Chesny
Gabriel Conners
2010
Jillian Lundie
2011
Kylie Butler
Forrest Farjadian
Chase Meadors
Anabelle Owens
David Westfall
2013
Bailey Wilton 
2015 
Zane King 
Joshua Long