Wolfgang Beck and Jesse MacKinnon, both Gig Harbor High School seniors, are among a nationwide pool of semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program.
MacKinnon spent the first three years of her high school career at Peninsula High.
“We are proud of all our award winners in the past, and now with the addition of these students,” Gig Harbor High Principal Tom Leacy said.
“Wolfgang is an outstanding student, academically and athletically. He’s also an award-winning composer. We are proud of this accomplishment for him, his family and being a product of our school system.”
Mackinnon wanted to take an additional Chinese class, so she transferred to Gig Harbor High to finish the foreign language series along with attending Tacoma Community College’s Running Start program.
“Jesse is an amazing kid,” Peninsula High School Principal Tim Winter said. “She is very driven and focused in all areas of life with academics and outside activities, including service with her church. She is a great representative for the community and Peninsula schools.”
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. The nationwide pool, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state for the PSAT/NMSQT test given last fall.
From the semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the group of finalists to compete for the National Merit Scholarships.
Winners will be announced in April.