October 7, 2002
Courtesy of Riverview School District
DUVALL–Cedarcrest High School has announced that senior Devin Looijen is a semifinalist in the 48th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
This program has more than 1.3 million juniors in over 20,000 high schools who entered the 2003 National Merit Program by taking the 2001 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
The 16,000 academically talented semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, according to an NMSC spokesperson.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists includes the highest scoring entrants in each state, who were designated semifinalists in numbers proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.
Devin's accomplishment in this initial competition is remarkable in that just 72 other students across the nation scored higher than he did on the PSAT.
The next step for semifinalists is to fulfill requirements to advance to finalist standing. This requires a record of very high academic performance, endorsement by the school principal and earned SAT scores that confirm the earlier qualifying test performance. In addition, the finalist application includes information about the student's participation in school and community activities.
Devin's contributions to extracurricular activites include, among others, four years of active participation in cross country, track and field, Band and Wind Ensemble and three years as a National Honor Society member.