Congratulations to Royal Oak High School’s 2014 National Merit Semifinalists:
- Emma Holcomb
- Bridget Vial
These students were named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation based on outstanding academic performance on the Preliminary SAT or National Merit Qualifying Test taken as juniors. They are among 16,000 students nationally to be named Semifinalists, from among more than 1.5 million students who entered.
Emma is the daughter of Erin and Dennis Holcomb. She is Secretary-General
of Royal Oak Model United Nations, past President of Interact Club and a member
of the Marching Band. Bridget’s parents are Claire and Paul Vial. She is President of the Assembly of Royal Oak
Model United Nations, participates in Cross Country and is a member of the
Chamber Singers. Both students are making use of the opportunities available at
Royal Oak High School to complete Advanced Placement coursework, which provide
students the opportunity to complete college level courses while attending high
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 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 more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Finalists will be announced in February.
Source: Royal Oak Schools