Alex Reavis

Alex Reavis, a senior at The Webb School, has been named as a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist.

 Reavis, a Manchester native, is among the top 1 percent of 2018-19 U.S. high school seniors to achieve the semifinalist distinction. A total of 16,000 semifinalists were named for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are eligible to continue in the competition and to vie for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $31 million that will be offered next spring.

“I’m incredibly grateful to have received the title of National Merit Semifinalist and I am excited to see where this takes me as a student. I would like to thank all of my teachers at Webb; they have undoubtedly played a key role in my academic success, and I would not be the student I am today without their superb teaching and guidance,” Reavis said.

Reavis is president of the Honor Council and a member since seventh grade, a member of the Prefect Council since 11th grade, a peer tutor, and the cofounder of the Card Games Club. He received the University of Pennsylvania Book Award last year along with the Intermediate Piano book award. 

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to

"I am very excited for Alex. This is a great honor, and he is a very deserving candidate. Being a merit semifinalist will open many doors for him in the college admissions process. Carol just missed the mark, as the field has become increasingly competitive in Tennessee,” said Head of School Ray Broadhead. “In chapel, I reminded our juniors that the only way that they can become a merit scholar is by doing well on the PSAT in October. They have been taking Test Prep through our Study Center this fall, and I look forward to seeing their results."

High school juniors are automatically entered into the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Approximately 90 percent of the selected semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

To become a finalist, semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their previous test performances. Semifinalists must also submit an essay and detailed application, which demonstrate participation and leadership in their schools and communities.

the finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2019 -- 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, approximately 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, and approximately 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin announcing scholarship winners in April.