Former SWMS Student Qualifies as a Semifinalist for the Prestigious National Merit Scholarship 


Michael Tang, a senior at Stevens High School and an alumnus of Southwest Middle School, qualified as a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Throughout high school, he has taken a very rigorous course load, including a total of ten AP courses and a few dual enrollment courses; he is currently enrolled in four AP courses and one dual enrollment course this year. He received the AP Scholar with Distinction award as a result of his performance on AP exams. Outside of school, he spends a large amount of his time being involved in tennis. He has been on the Stevens High School varsity team since his 7th grade year and competed individually in tournaments in South Dakota and Minnesota. In addition to playing tennis, he has instructed tennis lessons for younger players and teammates both as a paid and volunteer position. He has experience as a volunteer tutor for other students. His hobbies include spending time with his family and friends, especially hiking in the Black Hills. 


The National Merit® Scholarship Program, conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. The competition is open to all U.S. high school students who meet published participation requirements. Scholarship winners are chosen on the basis of their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. Some 16,000 of the high scorers, representing less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school graduating seniors, qualify as Semifinalists in each annual National Merit Program. They are the only participants who have an opportunity to advance in the competition for some 7,600 Merit Scholarship® awards. Scholarship Semifinalists will now complete an application process to move on to a Finalist in the competition. 




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