DHS student named National Merit semifinalist

Izi Myers-Miller
Izi Myers-Miller

DeKalb High School senior Izi Myers-Miller, daughter of Kristen Myers and Kirk Miller, has been named a semifinalist in the 65th National Merit Scholarship Competition. She is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide.

Myers-Miller, 17, plays soccer and tennis, is the treasurer of National Honor Society, a co-captain of the forensics team, a co-president of French Club, and competes on the school's math team. Outside of school, she serves as the donor relations and fundraising chair on the executive committee of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp., approximately 1.5 million juniors entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Myers-Miller has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 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.

After high school, Myers-Miller plans to study biochemistry or neuroscience and hopes to go to medical school to become a physician.

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