CAHS Student Recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Classical Academy High School senior Alexander Usher has been named a semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Alexander is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the United States competing for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million this year. The program screens students using the PSAT taken during their junior year in high school. Semifinalists represent the top 1% of high school seniors in the country.

The next stage in the competition requires Alexander and a school official to submit a scholarship application that details his academic record, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, and achievements. He must also write an essay and confirm his PSAT score with a similarly high SAT or ACT score.

Alexander is the only student in Escondido, one of only 180 in San Diego County, to be honored as a National Merit Semifinalist this year. He is also the Co-founder and Captain of an internationally competitive robotics team (Team RoboctoPI), a nationally ranked fencer, and the Founder of the CAHS TEDed club and organizer of the inaugural TEDxClassicalAcademyHS event. Alexander plans to pursue a degree and career in engineering upon graduation.

Here is a link to more detailed information about the nominees in San Diego County.